March 27, 2019

Court remands 2 unemployed men for robbing at cutlass point


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Two unemployed men were on Wednesday remanded at Kirikiri Prisons by an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly robbing a motorcyclist of his property valued at N259,500 at cutlass point.

The defendants, Rilwan Olabiyi, 27 and Dapo Abiodun, 23 all residents of Igando, Lagos, are being tried for conspiracy, arming self with offensive weapon and robbery.

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The Magistrate, Mr J.A Adegun refused to take the plea of the defendants.

Adegun, ordered that they should be kept behind bars pending the receipt of legal advice from the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPPs).

Earlier, the Police Prosecutor, ASP Clifford Ogu told the court that the defendants committed the offence on March 12 at Egan, Igando, Lagos.

He said that the defendants armed themselves with dangerous weapons and robbed the complainant, Mr Shefiu Aliu of his property.

Ogu said that the defendants flagged down the commercial motorcyclist to take them to their destination.

He added that when the complainant stopped to pick them, the defendants pointed cutlass and knife on him, demanding for his valuables or they harmed him.

“For fear of the unknown, the complainant surrendered his belongings to them.

“The defendants attacked the complainant, disposed  him of his phone worth N9,500, cash of N30,000 and a motorcycle valued at N220,000 all valued  N259,500.”

“He reported the case and the defendants were arrested,” the prosecutor said.

The offence violated Sections 296, 297 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 296 prescribes 21 years for arming self with any offensive weapon while 297 also attracts 21 yeras for robbery.
The case was adjourned until April 16 for mention.