21 June 2007

Nigeria: Driver in Court for Robbing Passenger

A driver has appeared before an Abuja high court for allegedly robbing a female passenger of her money, phone and handbag containing valuable items.

The court was told that Emenike Nnam robbed his victim on November 23, 2006 while giving her a lift in his Mercedes Benz with a registration number DM 912 EKY.

Nnam is facing a one-count charge of robbery which the prosecutor alleged he carried out at Wuye/finance junction, Abuja.

Police prosecutor Francis Irabor told the court that Nnam robbed one Bose Suzan Oladipo of N3, 000, a Motorola handset valued at N15, 000, and a handbag containing valuables that cost N9, 000.

He said the driver pushed the victim out of the vehicle after the robbery and sped off.

"The offence is punishable under section 298 of the Penal Code Law of Northern Nigeria," he said.

When the charge was read out to the suspect, he pleaded not guilty and his counsel, Barr Monday Ehiaguina, applied for bail on his behalf.

The presiding judge, Mr Mwada Balami, did not grant the bail application. He ordered that the accused be remanded in the prison custody until the next hearing of the case on June 27.

The high court also heard another robbery case involving one Teddy Akanu who was alleged to have used a locally made pistol to rob one Salisu Joseph of N30, 000, a Sagem handset and a Golf car valued at N320, 000.

The prosecutor told the court that Teddy was arrested along Karmo - Dei Dei road on February 2 with a locally made pistol. He said the accused was also charged for committing armed robbery on the same date within the central area of Abuja.

Prosecutor Irabor argued that the offence is punishable under section 97 of the Penal Code.

The accused denied the charges when they were read out to him, and his counsel Barr Shina Oluwole applied for his bail which was turned down by the judge.

The judge, Mwada Balami, ordered that the accused be committed to the prison custody while the case was adjourned to July 18.

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