By BARTHOLOMEW MADUKWE
Three teenagers and a 20-year-old man, Yusuf Lateef, have been arraigned before a Lagos State High Court in Igbosere, over a three-count-charge of conspiracy and armed robbery.
The teenagers identified as Jamiu Saka(18), Chukwudi Onwuharanye (18), David Onokpise (19), and Lateef , according to the charge, entered a church during a vigil service and robbed people of their valuables.
They were said to have robbed the General Overseer of the church, Apostle Nelson Opara, of his handset and money and one Okon Esther of two Visafone and one Blackberry Curve 3, during the vigil service.
Count one of the charge reads: “Jamiu Saka, Yusuf Lateef, Chukwudi Onwuharanye, and David Onokpise, on 19 May, 2012, at Sowers Ministry International, situated at number 64A Kirikiri Road, Olodi Apapa, Lagos State, in the Lagos Division conspired to commit felony to wit: armed robbery.” All the defendants live in Ajegunle, and had the charge read to them in english and yoruba languages.
The plea of 1st, 2nd and 3rd defendants was taken in English language, while the plea of 2nd defendant was taken in yoruba, which they pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against them by the State .
The prosecutor, Mr O. Soetan, informed the court that the alleged offense was contrary to Section 295 (2) (b) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011 and therefore, asked the court for a trial date to enable his witness to be in the dock for his evidence.
The presiding judge, Justice Ebenezer Adebajo, subsequently adjourned to September 29 and 30 for continuation of trial.