A 38- year-old man, Samuel Koriyol, was on Monday arraigned in a Makurdi Magistrates’ Court for alleged conspiracy, disobedience to public order and extortion.
The prosecutor, Insp. Abraham Akule, told the court that the defendant was arrested by a team of policemen led by ACP. Micheal Aliyu, attached to IGP’s X Squad Force Headquarters, Abuja.
He said the accused with another suspect, Kaka Abubu, were operating an illegal checkpoint and compelling heavy duty truck drivers and members of the public to give them money at 72 Army Barracks Road junction, North Bank Makurdi.
He said the accused was arrested during police investigation.
Akule said that N3, 250, Benue State Internal Revenue Service (BIRS) cash receipt, bearing Tershima Nig Enterprises and two wooden planks with iron nails were recovered from him.
The accused denied committing the offences.
The prosecutor said investigation into the matter was ongoing and prayed the court for another date for mention.
He said the offences contravened Sections 97, 154 and 293 of the Penal Code.
The Magistrate, Mrs Franca Yuwa, granted him bail in the sum of N50, 000 with one surety in like sum and adjourned the case until June 22, for further mention.