27 February 2013

Nigeria: Police Arraign 24-Year-Old Woman Over Alleged Bus Robbery

A 24-year-old woman, Joy Ekhoutorwmen, who allegedly robbed a bus passenger of N30, 000 was on Wednesday charged before an Igbosere Magistrates' Court in Lagos.

The accused, who is facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and fraud, however, pleaded not guilty.

The prosecutor, Cpl. Raphael Donny, told the court that Joy, whose address was unknown, committed the offences on Feb. 17 at Osborne road, Ikoyi, Lagos with others still at large.

"The accused, who was once a prostitute, said she was introduced to another 'business' - robbing of bus passengers popularly called "one chance".

"Joy and others now at large robbed one Matthew Ajasa of N30, 000 in the bus he boarded from Oshodi to Obalende.

"Ajasa was later dumped at Mushin," he said.

Donny said the offences contravened Sections 312 and 409 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Lagos State, 2011.

The Magistrate, Mulikat Ali-Balogun, granted the accused bail in the sum of N20, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

She adjourned the case till April 24 for trial.

 - NAN

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