A Magistrate’s Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Wednesday, remanded three persons suspected to have been involved in series of bank robberies leading to the untimely death of at least 10 persons including nine police officers.
The accused persons were 35 years old Odum Atokaritou, Napughi Duba (29) and Godgift Gwenbe (29).
Accused persons including others at large, faced 18 count-charge of conspiracy, murder, robbery and kidnapping.
They were alleged to be the killers of Spy ASP Bamidele O. Mohammed, attached to Sterling Bank, Port Harcourt; Inspector Austine Moore, attached to Elekahia Police Station in the State capital; Corporal Prince Tigbara, also of Elekahia Police Station and Inspector Jonah Oletu.
Also, the accused persons allegedly were involved in the killing of Inspector Peter Olavoghokere, Corporal Paul Nnaa, Inspector Dennis Akpan attached to Olu-Obasanjo Police Station, Port Harcourt, Sergeant Ekwere Epoulo, Corporal Okougor Nyambi, also attached to Olu-Obasanjo Police Station and Mr. Femi Oloukun, Sterling Bank Regional Manager.
The accused persons were said to be responsible for the abduction on Nkechi Chika (female), Director of Pre-Pay Hotel, Eagle Island for two days, and later released her after the payment of N10 million as ransom.
It was further alleged that Atokaritou, Duba and Gwenbe, as well as others at large, attacked and robbed on a bullion van conveying the sum of $400,000 (US Dollars), being property of Sterling Bank PLC, Port Harcourt.
They were said to be among the armed robbers that robbed Diamond Bank, Trans-Amadi in the State capital, of N350 million and Fidelity Bank, GRA Branch, N24 million.
The trial Magistrate, M. F. Poromon, referred their case to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for legal advice. No plea was taken, since the matter is a capital offence.
He adjourned the case to November 28, for legal advice and ordered that the accused persons should be remanded in Prison custody.