A robbery gang of 7 men docked in Lagos

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The Lagos Police Command has charged seven suspected members of a robbery gang before Chief Magistrate PE Nwaka of a Magistrate’s Court sitting in Yaba, Lagos.

The suspects are Blessing Felix Onyema (F), Sunday Alabigu, Sylvester Nwajagu (M), Celestine Nnailo (M), Obinna Onu (M), Onyedike Vincent (M),
and Ido Vincent Chinedu were arrested on charges bordering on robbery, felony and conspiracy.

The prosecutor, Williams Ologun, had informed the court that the suspects had unlawfully conspired with each other to commit a crime, namely robbery, and had thereby committed an offense contrary to section 259 and punishable under section 297 (2) (a) (b) of the penal code. Lagos State Nigeria Act 2015.

He told the court that the gun-toting suspects allegedly stole sixteen Starlight Drums, 96 fiber optic core cables worth N80,000,000 (eighty million naira) owned by Jus Partners Cosmopolitan Limited and thereby allegedly committed an offense contrary to Section 296 and punishable under Section 297(1)(2}(a)(b) of the Lagos State Criminal Law in Nigeria 2015.

Barrister OO Ogunleye appeared for the plaintiff as counsel on a watch warrant.

Ruling on their bail applications, Chief Magistrate Nwaka, admitted Blessing Felix Onyema to bail in the amount of N200,000 with three sureties of a similar sum and granted the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th defendants released on bail in the amount of N500,000 with three sureties of the same sum and tax clearance for three years

While admitting the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th suspects on bail, the court ordered them to report every second and fourth Monday at Zone 2 Onikan Lagos.

Chief Magistrate Nwaka, when reviewing the case, said the only link between the first defendant and the entire prosecution was that funds had been received in his Zenith bank account, which were proceeds of the crime.

However, the court did not accept the pleas of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd defendants because the court does not have jurisdiction in the matter.

Magistrate Nwaka considered that the 2nd and 3rd defendants should be remanded in a penal institution for the first 30 days pending the duplication of the file at the office of the Directorate of Prosecution for opinion.

The indictment reads: “Blessings to Felix Onyema ‘F’, Sunday Alabogu ‘M’, Sylvester Nwajagu and others still at large on 20th June 2022 at approximately 01.50am at Spenser Street off Murtala Mohammed Way, Yaba , Lagos in the Judicial District of the State of Lagos, have unlawfully conspired between yourselves to commit a crime namely robbery and have thereby committed an offense contrary to section 259 and punishable under section 297 (2 ) (a) (b) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State in Nigeria 2015 .

“May you bless Felix Onyema, (F) Sunday Alabogu ‘M’, Sylvester Nwelagu and others still at liberty on the same date, time and place in the aforementioned magisterial district you are armed with firearms and have stolen sixteen drums of Starlight 96 Core Optic Fiber Cables worth N80,000,000 (Eighty Million Naira) | owned by Jus Partners Cosmopolitan Ltd. and thereby committed an offense contrary to Section 296 and punishable under Section 297(1)(2}(a)(b) of the Lagos State of Nigeria Penal Code 2015.

“That you Blessing Felix Onyema ‘F’, Sunday Alabogu ‘M’, Sylvester Nwajagu and others still at large on the same date, time and place in the above-mentioned magisterial district attempted to unlawfully kill Emmanuel Bassey ‘M and Abel Uko Endurance ‘M’ by tying them up and threatening them with a firearm thereby committed an offense contrary to section 230(1) and punishable under section 230(2) of the state criminal law from Lagos to Nigeria 2035.

“May you Celestine Nnailo ‘M’, Obinna Onu ‘M’, Sylvester Nwajagu, Onyedike Vincent, Odo Vincent Chinedu and others still at large on 20% Day June 2022 between 07:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. at Shibir: Ojo in Lagos Magisterial District dishonestly received sixteen drums of Starlight 96 Co Fiber Cables worth N80,000,000 (Eighty Million Naira) from a Sunda Alabogu ‘M’ and Blessing Felix Onyema ‘F’ knowing to be the stolen property of Ju Partners Cosmopolitan Ltd and has thereby committed an offense contrary to Section 528 and punishable under Section 328 (1) (2) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State Nigeria 2015.

“That you Celestine Nnailo ‘M’, Obirna Onu ‘M’, Sylvester Nwajagu Onyedike Vincent, Odo Vincent Chinedu and others still at large on June 20, 2022 between 07:00 and 10:00 a.m. at Shibiri Ojo in the Lagos Magisterial District received dishonestly sixteen drums of Starlight 96 Cor. fiber optic cables something reasonably suspected to have been stolen thus committed an offense contrary to section 329 and punishable under section 329(c) of the criminal law of Lagos State in Nigeria 2015”.

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