By Abdulwahab Abdulah & Jane Echewodo
lagos—The unavailability of the advice from the Director of Public Prosecution, yesterday, stalled further proceedings in the trial of those accused of robbing Vanguard Newspapers Publisher, Mr. Sam Amuka.
At the resumed hearing of the case, the first suspect, who happened to be the security man in the victim’s house, Koyis Usman (22) was absent while the remaining five were present.
Those present were: Umaru Oseni (46), Abdurasaq Hassan (43), Musa Atim Abubakar (31), Gambo Umar (31) and Abdulramon Kashil (25).
When the matter was called, the prosecutor, Police Inspector Simon Imhonwa, told the court that they were yet to receive the DPP’s advice.
However, information gathered revealed that there was no trace of the transfer of the case file by the police to the office of the DPP.
The accused persons who were arraigned on September 1, were kept in the prison custody except the first defendant whom the prosecutor could not give information on his whereabouts.
The suspects were arraigned on a four-count charge of conspiracy, armed robbery and causing grievous bodily harm.
At the last adjourned date, the trial Magistrate issued a production warrant for the suspects which prompted their presence.
It will be recalled that the prosecution had accused the suspects of robbing Amuka, injured him and made away with cash and valuables valued at N2,875,000.
Their pleas were not taken because the magistrate’s court lacks jurisdiction to hear the matter, as the offences carry capital punishment. They were, however, ordered to be remanded in prison custody, pending the DPP’s advice.
Magistrate Bola Osunsanmi subsequently adjourned the matter till November 27.