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4 arraigned over alleged robbery, kidnapping

LAGOS—Four men have been arraigned by the police before an Ebute Metta Magistrate’s Court over a four-count charge of armed robbery and kidnapping.

The accused persons, Okechukwu Uba (26), Dantani Gambo (32), Ahmed Kasali (30) and Bello Oje (34), were said to have abducted a tanker driver, Afolabi Adebola, and his assistance Jubril Oluwagbenga, after robbing them of their money.

According to the prosecutor, Inspector Sam Omoyeni, the alleged offence was committed by the accused persons on the midnight of September 23, 2011 at the Apapa-Oshodi expressway.

Omoyeni  informed the court that the accused persons abducted the tanker driver and his assistance, after carrying out a robbery operation by using a military bayonet and other dangerous weapons.

However, the accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against them.

In another development, a 39-year-old Indian, Umesh Kalaskar, has been arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrate Court, Lagos, over an alleged conspiracy with others at large to defraud a travel agency of N84m.

Kalaskar (accused), while working with the travel agency, Skymiles Travels Limited, as an accounting officer allegedly obtained the sum of N84.76 million belonging to International Air Transport Association. The alleged money was also said to be received under false pretences, by fraudulently using acquired CITI Travel and Car Rentals Limited’s air ticket licence on March 11, 2011.

The Indian was charged with alleged conspiracy, stealing and obtaining money under false pretences, which were punishable under sections 516, 419, and 390 of the Criminal Code Cap 17 Vol. II, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria 2003.

When the plea of the accused was taken, he pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against him.

In a ruling, the magistrate, Mrs. T. Akanni, granted the accused bail in the sum of N500,000 with two responsible sureties in like sum.

The case was adjourned till January 19, 2012.


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