An Ilorin Magistrates’ Court on Thursday remanded a 25-year-old security guard, Soliu Isiaka of Ita-Kudimoh Ilorin for allegedly conspiring with members of his syndicate to rob at his employer’s petrol station.
Others arraigned along with the first defendant were: Sulaiman Jimoh, Saheed Isa, Busari Rafiu, Idowu Azeez, Azeez Raimi and Iyabo Raimi.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Isaac Yakubu, told the court that the defendants were arrested following a report on Sept. 30 at ‘D’ Division Police Station, Adewole, Ilorin by one Abubakar Ibrahim.
He said that the defendants were arraigned on a three-count charge of criminal conspiracy, armed robbery and advance fee fraud.
He added that investigation revealed that the seven people were involved in the robbery at Manzibut Petrol Station, Ita-Amoh Area, Ilorin, where N3,060,000 was carted away.
The prosecutor explained that the security guard at the filling station had called complainant
on phone and told him that armed men had invaded the station with guns and cutlasses.
He noted that the men forcefully gained access into the office at the petrol station and carted away the money at about 4.30 a.m.
He said that the complainant, after receiving the call, rushed to the scene of the crime and discovered that the said armed robbers entered the filling station through the window and destroyed three doors before they carted away the money.
The prosecutor said that the alleged offences were contrary to Section 64, 1(2) of Robbery and Firearms (Special Provision) ACT CAP RII Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and 1 (a) (3) Advanced Fee Fraud and other related Offences, Act 2006.
He prayed the court to remand the defendants at the prison, pending the outcome of investigation.
However, the defendant pleaded not guilty and the defence counsel, Sulyman Taiye, urged the court to exercise bail discretion in favour of the defendants since the law presumed they were innocent until proven contrary.
The Magistrate, Abubakar Muhammed, agreed with the submission of the prosecutor, as he ordered that the accused be remanded at Federal Prison Yard, Ilorin and adjourned the case till Nov. 9 for further mention.
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