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Man arraigned for allegedly snatching N1m from bank customer in Ikeja

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For allegedly snatching N1.1 million from a customer who was coming out of a bank, Festus Eboh, has been arraigned before a Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ikeja.

Eboh was arraigned on two-count charge before Magistrate O.A. Akokhia but he pleaded not guilty. The Prosecutor, Inspector Benedict Aigbokhan, informed the court that the 35-year-old defendant, who lives at Meiran, a Lagos suburb, committed the offence at Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB), Amuwo Odofin area of Lagos, around 12:30p.m. on October 14, 2017.

He explained to the court that the defendant and others at large conspired to snatch bags from customers coming out of the bank. According to him, the defendant criminally waylaided and snatched a bag containing N1.1 million, the property of an unsuspecting customer who had gone to withdraw money from the bank.

“On October 26, around 10:00a.m., the defendant also snatched another GTBank customer’s US$30,000 at the same place. He was apprehended by the police after information got to the bank’s authorities and the CCTV was reviewed. His offence contravened Sections 287 and 411 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.”

Following his plea of not guilty, the presiding magistrate adjourned the matter till March 23, 2018 for trial. Magistrate Akokhia granted him bail in the sum of N1 million with two sureties in like sum.

Meanwhile, two men, Rufai Aliyu (25) and Abdulrasak Bello (22) were yesterday arraigned before a Lagos High Court sitting at Ikeja for allegedly robbing a filling station and killing one of its attendants.

The duo were docked before Justice Josephine Oyefeso on a three-count charge bothering on conspiracy, armed robbery, and murder.

The prosecution led by Mrs. C.K Tunji-Carrena, told the court that the defendants and others at large conspired among themselves to commit armed robbery around 11:00p.m. on May 2, 2015 by robbing a petrol station situated at No. 12/14, Iju Road, Ifako-Ijaiye Lagos.

He said the defendants robbed MEF Petrol station of the sum of N470,000 and one Mr. Dayo Omotayo of the sum of N162,000.

Also, they were alleged to have murdered a petrol station attendant, Daramola Yemisi, by tying his neck, hands, mouth, legs with clothes, causing his death. Their offences contravene Sections 297, 295 and 221 of the Criminal law of Lagos State, 2011.

When the charge was read to them, they pleaded not guilty to all the counts charge. The judge subsequently adjourned trial in the matter till March 27, 2018


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