By Abdulwahab Abdulah & Jane Echewedo
Hip hop musician, Damini Ogulu aka Burna Boy was on Monday docked before an Ikeja Magistrate Court by the Lagos State Police, over his alleged role in robbery of his fellow musician, Abiye David Jombo aka Mr 2Kay, last October.
Mr 2Kay who was allegedly robbed at gunpoint in his hotel room at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, on October 22, during the “Buckwyld ‘N’ Breathless” concert where he also performed, lost some items including Swiss Audemars Piguet wrist watch to the thieves.
The police invited singer Burna Boy in connection with the robbery, but only appeared after two months. He was subsequently arrested and detained after he turned himself in.
It would be recalled that some suspects including Joel Kantiock, Burna Boy’s road manager, was paraded among the robbery suspects arrested for the robbery alongside Balogun Ademola, Obinna Igwe, and Tunmise Omotore were subsequently arraigned in court.
On Monday, Burna Boy was brought to court in a Tshirt and blue Jean trousers. Moment he was arraigned on a two count-charge, bordering on ‘accessory after the fact’ and ‘conspiracy’ brought against him, he pleaded not guilty.
According to the Prosecutor, Inspector N. Peters, Burna Boy did not disclose to security operatives what he knew about the armed robbery which took place on the 22nd of October.
However, Burna Boy’s lawyer, Bright Idahosa asked the court to grant his client bail in the most liberal terms, a move which was not opposed by the police prosecutor.
The lawyers that represented Eko Hotel and Suites and Mr 2Kay’s record label Grafton Entertainment, however opposed the bail application while insisting that Burna Boy is a key witness in a sister case where the main suspects in the armed robbery case against Mr 2Kay are standing trial.
Specifically, Tayo Reju, holding watching brief for Eko Hotel and Suites pointed out that should Burna Boy be granted bail, it would jeopardize the sister case at a Lagos State Magistrate Court.
The presiding Magistrate, Mrs. B. O Osunsanmi after listening to both parties, granted Burna Boy bail of N100, 000 with two responsible sureties, while the matter was adjourned till December 29 for trial to commence.
There was however a mild drama as Burna Boy was shielded by security operatives who prevented reporters from taking his pictures, while he was whisked away in an ash coloured Toyota Sienna.
According to the Commissioner of Police, Lagos state command Edgal Imohimi, the suspects were paid N50,000 before the attack on Mr. 2Kay and another N50,000 was paid directly by Burna boy after the job was done.
Mr 2Kay was allegedly robbed of his Swiss Audemars Piguet, an automatic gold wristwatch valued at $25,000; gold jewellery valued at N1.5m; an iPhone 7 valued at N380,000, a Samsung Galaxy S7 valued at N240,000, Samsung Galaxy S5 worth N110,000; Adidas shoes valued at N75,000; three bottles of perfume worth N180,000, and a cash sum of N45,000.