Two okada (motorcycle) robbery suspects have been arrested and arraigned by men of the State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, Panti, Yaba, Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria, on a two-count charge of armed robbery.
investigation revealed that nemesis caught up with the accused persons
on 2 March, 2012 at about 4:30 p.m. at Ajah bus stop, when they snatched
a handbag from Elizabeth Nutiamedo, while on their moving motorcycle.
Their victim was said to have raised an alarm which attracted passersby and other motorcyclists.
were pursued and caught and handed over to the police, while one
escaped with the motorcycle. Their victim’s bag recovered and returned
to its owner.
During interrogation, one of the suspects said:
specialise in using okada to rob people around Lekki Expressway and Ajah
“We would point a gun at our victims to surrender their
properties unknown to them that it’s a mere toy gun. But we have not
“We reside at a make-shift hotel at Railway Line, Ijora Badia with prostitutes,” he stated.
offences, the prosecutor Inspector, S. Omeyemi, said are punishable
under Sections 1(2) (a) of the Robbery and Fire Arms (Special Provision)
Act Cap. R11, vol. xxii, laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
of the charges reads: “That you (names withheld) and others now at
large on the same date, time and place in the aforesaid magisterial
district, while armed with one toy, black pistol, did rob Elizabeth
Nutiamedo of her belongings such as Blackbery, torchlight phone valued
at N80,000, recharge cards valued at N70,000 and cash of N50,000, all
valued at N200,000.
The plea of the accused persons was not taken because the court lacks jurisdiction to hear the matter.
presiding magisterial Mr. O. Olatunji ordered that they be remanded in
prison custody pending the advice from the Directorate of Public
Prosecutor, DPP, on the matter.
He adjourned the matter till 7 May, 2012.