The planned arraignment of a retired Army General, Alhaji Abdul Rauf Tijjani before a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja over allegation of robbery and attempted murder was yesterday stalled due to his absence in court.
Tijjani, who was charge alongside one Akanni Suada for allegedly attempting to kill one Maria Febisola by shooting her with a gun, was said to be sick.
The accused persons were also alleged whilst armed with a rifle, robbed Febisola of the sum of N2.5m, a hand bag containing some cash and jewelry worth N3m.
Alhaji Tijjani was also alleged to have unlawfully killed an unborn child by causing rupture of the foetus in the womb of one Abidemi Ahmed.
Part of the charge reads: ” Alhaji Abdul Rauf Tijjani, Akanni Suada on the 11th, October, 2013 at about 21:20hrs at No. 117 Akowonjo Road, Lagos, in the Ikeja Judicial Division, attempted to kill one Maria Febisola by shooting her with a gun.
“Alhaji Abdul Rauf Tijjani, Akanni Suada on the 11th, October, 2013 at about 21:20hrs at No. 117 Akowonjo Road, Lagos, in the Ikeja Judicial Division whilst armed with a rifle did rob one Maria Febisola of the sum of N2.5m, a hand bag containing some cash and jewelry worth N3m.
“Alhaji Abdul Rauf Tijjani, Akanni on the 11th, October, 2013 at about 21:20hrs at No. 117 Akowonjo Road, Lagos, in the Ikeja Judicial Division unlawfully killed an unborn child by causing rupture of the foetus in the womb of one Abidemi Ahmed.”
When the matter came up for hearing on Tuesday, counsel to Tijjani, Ola Afolabi informed the court that his client was rushed to the hospital yesterday after he slumped in prison.
Afolabi said, “My Lord, the prison warders informed me that the first defendant, Tijani slumped inside the prison yesterday and has been admitted at the hospital
“Since then, he is yet to recover fully in order to appear in court for his arraignment.”
Justice Oshodi adjourned the matter till March 19, 2018 for arraignment.
At an earlier proceeding on February 5, 2018, Afolabi had urged the court to grant the accused person bail.
Justice Oshodi, however, refused the application and ordered that the accused persons be remanded in prison custody pending his arraignment.
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