By Abdulwahab Abdulah & Jane Echewedo,
lagos—Six suspects arrested in connection with the armed robbery attack on the Vanguard newspaper’s publisher, Mr. Sam Amuka, three months ago, were yesterday arraigned before a Lagos Magistrate Court sitting in Ikeja, which remanded them in prison custody.
The suspects, according to the prosecution, went away with cash and valuables valued at N2,875,000.00.
Those brought before Magistrate Bola Osunsanmi on a four count-charge offence of conspiracy, armed robbery and grievous bodily harm, include: Koyis Usman ( 22), Umaru Oseni (46), Abdurasaq Hassan (43), Musa Atim Abubakar (31), Gambo Umar (31) and Abdulramon Kashil (25).
Though their plea was not taken because the Magistrate Court lacks jurisdiction to hear offences, that carry capital punishment. They were, however, ordered to be remanded in prison custody pending the outcome of the Directorate of Public Prosecution, DPP advice.
The Police, in the charge alleged that the defendants on June 5, 2016 at 2.30 am at Anthony Village, Lagos conspired amongst themselves, with others now at large, “to commit felony to wit armed robbery and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 297 and punishable under section 295 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State.”
Count two of the charge read in part: “that you Koyis Usman, Umaru Oseni, Abdurasaq Hassan, Musa Atim Abubakar, Gambno Umar and Abdulramon Kashil and others now at large on the same date, time and place whilst armed with gun and knife did rob your victim of one Samsung Galaxy valued N100,000; $5,500.00 (equivalent of N1,815,000.00); three gold wrist watches valued N360,000.00; two leather wrist watches valued N100,000.00; and N500,000.00 property of one Samson Amuka, publisher of Vanguard Newspaper and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 295(c) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2011”.
Count three stated that the defendants: “unlawfully inflicted grievous harm on their victim by using iron rod cutter to hit and damage the left rib and two fingers of Samson Oruru Amuka, publisher of Vanguard newspaper and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 243 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2011”.
They were further alleged to have on the same date, time and place “caused damage to a window burglary, asbestos, two doors, property of Sam Amuka, publisher of Vanguard Newspaper and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 337 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2011.”
The Police prosecutor, Inspector Simeon Imohwa prayed the court for an order remanding them in prison custody.
The trial Magistrate, Bola Osunsanmi, requested the items allegedly found in the possession of the defendants as at time of arrest. The prosecutor listed the items to include one iron cutter, one military camouflage uniform and one Mitsubishi salon car marked LSD 337 BQ.
The court, subsequently , adjourned the matter till November 10, 2016 for hearing.