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Farmer, 20, remanded for robbing police officer

A Makurdi Chief Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday ordered a 20-year old farmer, Mtomga Atem, to be remanded at the Federal Prisons Benue, for robbing a police officer.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr Dan Ogo, gave the order shortly after the accused was arraigned for trial at the court.

Prosecutor Michael Ewoh told the court that the police officer, Cpl. Starkis Mwandirga, attached to Zaki-Biam Police Station reported at the station that he was robbed.

Ewoh told the court that the complainant stated that the accused and others now at large, who were armed with dangerous weapons, including guns, broke into his house and robbed him and his wife of their valuables.

He further said that the items stolen were one Nokia and Techno handsets all valued at N11, 500.00, a set of police uniform and his wife’s necklace valued at N2,500

During police investigation, the accused was arrested in connection with the crime.

He said the offence was contrary to Sections 97 of the Penal Code and 5(B) and 1(2) of the Robbery and Firearms Act, Cap. 398 law of the Federation of Nigeria, 1994.

However, when the case came up for mention, no plea was taken for want of jurisdiction.

Prosecution said investigation into the matter was ongoing and prayed for another date for further mention. The chief magistrate then adjourned the matter to August 16 for mention. (NAN)


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