The police in Lagos have arraigned five men before Apapa Magistrate’s Court, Lagos, for alleged theft and attempted murder.
Emmanuel Oleka, 38; Victor Clement, 25; Daniel Okoi, 35; Chioma Owieze, 45; and Wale Idowu, 20, are facing a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy, assault and stealing preferred against them by the police.
The prosecutor, Supol Olu Ojaokomo, told the court that the defendants committed the offence on the June 30, 2015, at Dusbin Bus Stop Oregie, Ajegunle Apapa in Magistrate District.
According to the persecutor, the defendants conspired among themselves to commit a felony, stealing a Mercedes Benz C230 saloon car with number plate FST 646 DM, whose value is yet to be estimated, stole the sum of N55,000, a wallet containing voter’s card, ATM card, and driver’s licence, one smart phone valued at N75,000, all totalling N130,000, being property of one Victor Kelechi.
The prosecutor said the suspects also unlawfully assaulted Kelechi with a cutlass on his right hand which caused him bodily harm.
According to the prosecutor, the offences are punishable under section 409, 337,283 and 171 of the criminal’s laws of Lagos State Nigeria 2011.
However, the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.
Magistrate P.A Adekomaya granted the defendants bail in the sum of N50,000 each with two sureties in like sum.
He adjourned the matter till July 7, 2015, for mention.
Robberies in Lagos are becoming a dangerous trend, especially on bridges like Eko Bridge and at bus stops.