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A 24-year-old man, Lucky Friday, accused of robbing an Uber driver was on Monday brought before a Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos State.

The suspect who was a passenger was alleged to have robbed Mr. Godfrey Ovie of his Toyota Corolla car valued at N1.4 million. He was also accused of stabbing the complainant on his stomach. Friday, whose address is not known is facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and armed robbery.

Explaining the crux of the matter, the police prosecutor, Inspector Benson Emuerhi, told the court that the accused carried out the acts with some other persons still at large. He further said the offences were committed on March 16 at Ekingbon Estate, Lekki area of Lagos.

Ovie had complained to the police that the suspect stabbed him on the stomach with a dagger and robbed him of a Toyota Corolla car with registration number FST 663 EZ, being property of one Alexander Abiola.

“The complainant was attacked while driving the accused and his accomplices who had earlier boarded his car. Suddenly, the accused brought out a dagger and stabbed the complainant on the stomach and forcefully robbed him of the car. He was arrested by some policemen from Ajah Police Division while trying to escape. His accomplices, however, fled the scene in an unmarked motorcycle,” said the prosecutor.

The offences contravened Sections 297 and 299 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised). When the charge was read to the suspect, he however, pleaded not guilty.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Olufunke Sule-Amzat, ordered that the accused be remanded in prison and that the case file should be sent to the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for advice and adjourned the case till October 22 for mention.

Meanwhile, the Lagos State police command yesterday confirmed the arrest of four persons who allegedly diverted N10 million worth of building materials. It was gathered that the suspects were arrested after the police got a hint that the materials were off-loaded into a shop at Ido area of the state.

According to the Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, the suspects were arrested on July 4, after using forged documents to move the documents out of the port.

In a similar development, the police also nabbed three suspects who specialised in using tricycle to dispossess unsuspecting passengers of their belongings. It was gathered that the suspects pretend to be genuine transporters and when people board their tricycle, they take them to an isolated place and rob them.


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