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[Delta State] Court gift Man death sentence over Robbery

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A High Court in Asaba, the Delta State capital has sentenced a 30-year-old man, Amechi Chidokwe to death by hanging for armed robbery.

Chidokwe, who hails from Umudora Anam in Anambra West Local Government Area of Anambra State was arraigned before Justice Mabel Omovie for three counts of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, attempted armed robbery and illegal possession of firearms.

The charges are punishable under Sections 1(2)(a) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special provisions) Act Cap R11 Vol. 14, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria; 2 (1)(2) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special provision) Act Cap R11 Volume 14, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and 3 (1) of Robbery and Firearms (Special provisions) Act Cap R11, Volume 14, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

The defendant who pleaded not guilty was arraigned before the Court on the 20th of November, 2017.

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According to the evidence of the nominal complainant, Mr Kenneth Oseji, on the 13th of January 2017 was accosted by a man at gunpoint in his premises when he drove home after work at about 5 pm and demanded his car key.

Mr Oseji told the court that when he kicked the man who was joined by two others, the gun fell off his hand which prompted him to raise an alarm attracting neighbours

The defendant who was driving the tricycle was apprehended while his cohorts ran away.

At the close of evidence, counsel to the defendant Mr K. O. Ajayi, submitted in his written address that prosecution has failed to prove the guilt of the defendant beyond reasonable doubt, even as he urged the court to discharge and acquit the defendant.

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This comes as the Assistant Chief State Counsel E. U. Ogbolu asked the court to convict the defendant as charged.

Ogbolu based his premise that he has effectively discharged the burden of proving the case of conspiracy to commit Armed Robbery, attempted robbery and illegal possession of firearms against the defendant.

Citing copious judicial and statutory authorities, the presiding judge held that considering the gamut of evidence before the court, the prosecution has successfully proved beyond reasonable doubt the three counts of conspiracy, attempted robbery and illegal possession of firearms against the defendant.


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COVID-19: Offa robbery case ‘stalled’

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The trial of five suspects in the 2018 Offa bank robbery has been stalled, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Justice Halima Salman had last week, adjourned the case till today but a circular from the office of the Chief Registrar of the Kwara State High Court directed all members of staff below grade level 14 to work from home.

As early as 8:00 am when Media TV crew (known to Noble Reporters Media) got to the court premises, the entrance was locked with no member of staff in sight.

The five suspects standing trial were brought to the court but the prosecuting and defense counsel did not show up.

It is now unclear when next the court will sit on the case.


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Alli injured in knife-point robbery.


Tottenham star Dele Alli was held at knifepoint during a robbery at his London home in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The property in north London has been housing the England international and his brother along with their partners and another friend throughout isolation.

According to a report, the house was broken into just after midnight on Wednesday by two thieves wielding knives.

Alli sustained ‘minor facial injuries’ after a scuffle broke out, having been punched several times in the face.

The story states that the culprits made off with watches and various other items of jewellery before making their escape.

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Given that the house in Barnet has CCTV footage, that has now been passed on to the police, although no arrests have been made as yet.

The local authorities have confirmed that their investigation is ongoing.


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Residents scared as Robbery attack escalate amid lockdown extension in Nigeria


“If you are going to bed this night, split your pot of soup into two and drop a portion at the entrance of your apartment with a big loaf of bread. When the Awawa Boys appear, they will see the sacrifice and pass you by,” a Lagos resident advised troubled citizens residing in Alimosho area of the state, the epicenter of robbery attacks in the last few days in what has been termed ‘Hungervirus’ on the streets.

As the world continues to battle the pandemic, Lagos State, the epicenter of COVID-19 in Nigeria with the highest toll of confirmed cases, is going through one of its roughest moments in decades and the worst of times amid the pandemic lockdown.

In the last few days, residents have trooped out to guard themselves against the escalating robbery attacks and cult-related activities occurring day and night. Hoodlums are using the lockdown imposed by President Muhammadu Buhari as an excuse to perpetrate criminal activities such as rape, looting and inflicting physical injuries.

Affected areas include Abule-Egba, Baruwa, Egbeda, Dalemo, Akinde, Dopemu, Ogba, Iyana Ipaja, Meiran and Alakuko. Also troubled are some Lagos-Ogun border communities like Akute, Agbado, Alakuko and Ojokoro.

The cult groups: Aiye, Eiye, Alora, Vikings, Pirates, KKK, Awawa, One Million, Marindoti, Ojumilojin, Pamolekun, are also going against each other. They are attacking themselves over claims that some opposing members were the ones bursting homes and streets of supposed rivals.

Helpless citizens now at the mercy of the rampaging hoodlums are now forming emergency vigilance groups to protect themselves during the day and at night. Some neighborhoods are now being protected by youths, ‘Area Boys’, Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) members and even landlords, who take a nap in the afternoon for a vigilance duty at night.

Between Sunday night and Monday morning, several videos of Lagosians keeping vigil went viral, wielding dangerous weapons like machetes, axes, clubs for self-defense. In one of the clips, a young man raised a brand of AK-47 assault rifle and fired three bullets in the air to the cheer of those around him.

At Agege, various gates leading to the streets were locked up as early as 7:00p.m. while residents came out en-mass, burning tyres, and waiting for the notorious robbers. According to a young girl, the armed robbers came to her streets with POS asking residents to swipe their cards on it.

According to a trader, who decided to remain anonymous: “What is happening is the ripple effect of the lockdown. A lot of mini bus drivers who make money daily and motorcycle operators who also depend on their daily activities are now hungry. The irony of it is that if they can only go to the houses of those who refused to give them food, it would have been better. But they chose to go to punish innocent souls.”

Residents of Agege have cried to the state government and security agencies to rescue them from hoodlums unleashing mayhem in the area. Tension started in the area at the weekend following attacks by suspected cultists who went from street-to-street robbing and raping innocent residents.

The attacks in Agege were spillover of last week’s assault on residents and traders at Abule Egba, Alagbado, Meiran, Alakuko, Ijoko and Sango, among others by armed gangs numbering over 200, that has left at least four people feared killed.

Pockets of robbery incidents were alleged to have taken place simultaneously at Olusanya Adenire, Pen Cinema, Oniwaya, Orile-Agege, Dopemu and Agbotikuyo on Sunday, as the hoodlums armed with guns, bottles and cutlasses dispossessed their victims of cash, food and other valuables.

Most of the residents who raised alarm on social media said they were under siege both during the day and at night as the hoodlums showed no mercy on their victims. The residents also lamented that police abandoned them to their fate while the robbers wreaked havoc overnight, a development that forced youths and local vigilantes to arm themselves with sticks and cutlasses to fight the hoodlums.


Residents keep vigil to confront the robbers


Some of the robbers arrested by residents were beaten, forced to eat fresh peppers and given water to step them down before they were handed over to the police.

But the police have assured that it was facing the situation head-on. Public Relations Officer of the Lagos command, DSP Bala Elkana, told newsmen yesterday that the situation was under control. Elkana advised residents to stay calm. He confirmed that the police have increased patrol and deployed more tactical teams across Lagos.

Elkana said: “The situation was aggravated mostly by wrong messages. Some people are causing panic, creating videos and sending wrong information. People in their houses were getting scared. They say “armed robbers are on my street”, but when our men go there, nothing is happening.

“The Police received several calls and we reached the places to ensure the safety of lives and properties. We have also deployed more tactical units. We appeal to communities that want to support us to do it in our way. We welcome partnerships but people should not take laws into their hands”, the spokesman added.

The Guardian observed that the police were overwhelmed by the series of alerts they received on simultaneous robbery incidents across Alimosho and Ayobo Local Government Areas. It was gathered that most of the distressed calls responded to by the police turned out to be false alarms from apprehensive residents, a development that frustrated most of the operatives.

Elkana said the youths were responsible for the panic, adding that the Commissioner, Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered the arrest of anyone found on the streets.

“Those setting bonfires and organising vigilantes are the ones causing these panics. They are the ones making people to be afraid. They were just looking for reasons to come out and they created one. So, the Commissioner has directed DPOs and Area Commanders to disperse any gathering of youths in their neighbourhood.


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Tension in Akure over Bank Robbery Rumours


There was tension in Akure, the Ondo State capital, yesterday following rumours of a bank robbery in the town.

Many residents, including shop owners, hurriedly closed their shops when news filtered in that a branch of a first generated bank located at Oja Oba area of the town was being robbed.


The news was also published on some social media platforms thereby creating anxiety in the minds of the people.

But it was later gathered that the news was figment of imagination of those peddling the rumour as there was no robbery in any bank within the state capital.


Meanwhile, Ondo State Police Command has urged Akure residents to disregard any rumour of bank robbery or attempted bank robbery in the state capital or anywhere in the state.

Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the state police command, Femi Joseph, said the clarification became imperative following the rumour being spread on the social media that some banks were being robbed in Akure.


The police spokesman said the story is not only false and mischievous but also wicked and lacks substance.

He said: “We wish to inform the general public to disregard any rumour of bank robbery or attempted bank robbery in Akure or anywhere in the state.

“We make bold to say the story is not only false and mischievous but also wicked and lacks substance as no such incident happened anywhere in the state.

“We urge the people to disregard this rumour, as it is nothing but a blatant lie from the pit of hell. Our men are everywhere across the state to deal with any manner of crime or criminality,” he said.


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Offa Bank Robbery: Trial stalled with absence of prosecution witness ..


Absence of prosecution witness has stalled the continuation of hearing in the April 5, 2018 bloody Offa bank robbery trial in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
Prosecution counsel, Bola Gold, on Tuesday, told the court that police officers, who are the prosecution witnesses in the matter, were on national assignment for last Saturday’s rerun elections in some parts of the country and had not returned to their base.


In view of this, he sought an adjournment, which the defence counsel, Mathias Emeribe, did not oppose.
In granting the adjournment, the trial judge, Haleema Salman, warned both the defence and prosecuting counsel against unnecessary delay in the hearing of the matter, while expressing her dissatisfaction that no appreciable progress had been made in the hearing of the case since 2018 when it started due to requests for adjournments by the counsels.

The judge said that both counsels should be prepared to end the trial within trial in the next adjourned date so that hearing proper in the suit could commence same day. She subsequently adjourned the case to February 10.
Speaking with journalists after the court proceedings, counsel to both parties assured of their preparedness to ensure speedy disposal of the matter.
All the accused persons were present in court on Tuesday.


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Light in: Police get hold of bank staff that aid Abuja robbery.


Larry Ehizo, a Customer Service Officer of a first-generation bank in Abuja, has told the police how he got involved in last Saturday’s failed bank robbery attack in Mbappe, a surburb in the Federal Capital of Territory.

Larry who was paraded before newsmen at the FCT police command headquarters, said the mastermind of the robbery, one Ernest, who is at large, had threatened to kill him, his girlfriend and his family if he did not help him and his gang members to rob the bank. The 30-year-old University of Abuja graduate, said he drove the five robbers into the bank premises in his vehicle.


In his words

“I met a friend (Ernest) in November and we had a discussion where we used to hang out and I said something after he complained about our services in the bank and we almost got into a serious argument and I told him that the only thing he would do is get angry and maybe not bank again with us. He said he was going to hurt someone and I told him not to do that. That the highest he can do is to do that or maybe rob the bank to make them feel bad.


I did not know he had that on record and he used that to threaten that after some time that I must take the people that he would bring into the bank. He threatened my family, myself and even the people around me. Even my girlfriend. After that, I was afraid to go to the police because he said even if I go to the police that he had already informed his colleagues and because he is a cultist and he said that anything I get after that I should take it.

“That is when he brought them. I still begged him and he went as far as my family house and threatened to kill them. He now brought them on that day that I should take them in and tell them what to do.


“He even followed to the bank but escaped when they caught them. He insisted I take my car to take them inside the place and that was the only thing I was supposed to do and leave the rest for them to do. The person is at large. His name is Ernest.

I didn’t report to the police because of the threat. He actually brought his fellow cultists to my house and threatened me and my girlfriend that I must take them. He said he was going to give them N7 million. He said I was going to get 20 per cent and I told him I did not want anything.


He said I must collect it. I am a Customer Service Officer. I have been with the bank for over two years. If I had gone to the police I would not have been here talking now. Members of my family also would not be. He knows my family house and knows where I stay personally at Mpape.

He waited to see when we entered inside and he immediately called me and I did everything out of fear of not dying and not having anyone dying because of me. Ernest is a customer at the bank. He comes around. There is a place I go to hang out in Mpape. He is a barman there. He sells drinks.


On normal situations, we have sat down to have drinks. We discussed football, family and how to move forward. He is a barman”.

One of the suspects, 24-year- old Princewill Obinna, said Larry and the said ”Ernest” assured him and the other robbers that it would be an in-and-out operation.


‘I was among those people that robbed the bank. It happened that Mr Larry invited us. Mr Ernest met us and told us there is a job we wanted to do but he would connect us to the person that had the work. I asked him who the person. So he called me and introduced us to Mr Larry, who told us that there is an event that he wants us to carry out that Ernest has been troubling him. That if only we can successfully do it, that he and Ernest have the background and survey, that they are going to guide us. That it is going to be stressless (sic) and that within some minutes we are going to wrap up the deal.

I said what was the deal about and he said it was a bank. I was shocked and said I have never done such before. He said we should not worry that there is a vehicle that is tinted and nobody would see us and that everyone would be okay. He asked if I know some persons that can help us and I said I had friends that come around and they said okay. They also never wanted to do it but we all agreed at the end of the day. That is how we came to find ourselves there.

“The message came to me on Tuesday and the operation was on Saturday. So we were just thinking about what they told us that it would be easy and they would give us money. They promised to give us N7 million to share. I coordinated the other boys. The ammunition we took there was a local pistol that our late friend (robber who was shot) brought. He said he would be the one to stand at the gate and that I should hold this one and threaten the Mobile man” he said

According to the police, no money was stolen during the attack.


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Abuja bank robbery: See initial story here.


The Abuja police command today paraded the suspects in last Saturday December 28th bank robbery incident in Mpape, a surburb in the the FCT. One of the suspects, Larry Ehizo, is a Customer Relations Officer in a bank.

Police parade suspects of foiled Abuja bank robbery attack(photos)

The robbers stormed the bank with the intention to cart away money but surrendered after one of their gang members was killed by the security operatives. Read initial story here.

Larry led three other accomplices namely, Timothy Joe, 21, Princewill Obinna, 24 and Elijah David, 19, to the bank in an attempt to steal a huge sum of money.

Larry who planned the robbery also drove his cohorts to the bank in his car and gave them directions on how to access the vault. He told the police that the mastermind of the robbery, one Ernest, who is at large, had threatened to kill his family if he did organize the robbery incident.


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Boniface, Soldier arrested over Imo robbery.


Men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Imo State Police Command, have arrested a soldier, Boniface Nwachukwu, for alleged robbery, N.Rs culled.

As a result of his alleged involvement in robbery, Nwachukwu had been dismissed from the Nigerian Army and handed over to the police for prosecution.


It was gathered that Nwachukwu, 48, was arrested on Christmas Day in an operation coordinated by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad Commander, CSP Victor Godfrey, in Onitsha, the commercial hub of Anambra State.

A source stated, “The suspect was arrested for armed robbery and handed over to the army authority and he was immediately dismissed from service.


“On December 25, 2019, at Onitsha in Anambra State, SARS operatives arrested one Boniface Njom Nwachukwu, 48. He was arrested in connection with a robbery incident on May 25, 2019, where our operatives arrested four soldiers in connection with armed robbery.

“The victims, who are husband and wife, were dispossessed of their Toyota Avalon car and inflicted with serious injuries, while the robbers went away with their valuables. The suspect, Boniface Njom Nwachukwu, bought the stolen car for N200,000 from the robbers.


“After collecting N200,000, a dismissed soldier, Usman Abubakar, and others ganged up and arrested Nwachukwu for buying a stolen vehicle and was released after he paid another N200,000.

“The soldier, who was handed over to the military, was court-martialled and dismissed, and what is more, he was found guilty of armed robbery was formally handed over to us on December 25, 2019.

“The vehicle used for the robbery, an ash Golf car with two different number plates, RLU 824 SG and WER 824 SG, has been recovered. The dismissed soldier confessed that his gang hit the victims car from the rear and when the victims stopped, they were dispossessed of their vehicle.

“The operational car belonged to the dismissed soldier and it has been recovered. Both suspects have confessed to the crime. Investigation is currently ongoing.”


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Lagos: 2 out of 4 suspects arrested for hijacking petrol tanker.


Two members of a gang which allegedly hijacked a truck carrying 40,000 litres of petrol have been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command.

The arrested suspects have been identified as 37-year-old Charles Obilomo and 35-year-old Osita Onyeka and it was gathered that four other members of the gang which hijacked the DAF truck by intercepting the driver at a bad spot on the Mile-2 Oshodi expressway on December 28, escaped with bullet wounds.

The truck’s driver, 42-year-old Muhammadu Mande and his 34-year-old conductor Lawal Usman were reportedly kept in another car with four other members of the gang at gun point and were heading to an unknown destination before they were intercepted by a police patrol team at Itire.


Lagos State’s police spokesperson, Bala Elkana disclosed that the arrest was effected after police operatives from Itire Division led by the Divisional Police Officer, SP Barkfur Kromkyes were tipped off by a reliable source.

He said;

“The two suspects in police custody, Charles Obllomo and Osita Onyeka took possession of the truck. The driver and his conductor were sandwiched by the four men in military uniform in the Toyota Corolla. The truck was driving behind the Toyota Corolla and heading to an unknown destination before it was intercepted by the Police.

The two suspects at the incident area


“According to the driver, he initially thought the hijackers were military men on stop and search duty until they started beating him and his conductor and threatened to kill them if they refuse to follow their orders. The two suspects were arrested in the truck and taken to the station. The four suspects in military uniforms escaped with bullet wounds after a fierce battle with the police. The truck and the Toyota Corolla were recovered and moved to the police station.

“Two pairs of vehicle plate numbers and military caps were recovered in the Corolla. The truck containing the PMS was handed over to the owner, Sani Samaila.”


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Abuja Robbery: First Bank praises Police, Army.


First Bank of Nigeria has hailed the Nigeria Police Force and the Nigeria Army for foiling a robbery by armed men in one of its Abuja branch.

The bank, in a statement by Folake Ani-Mumuney, Group Head, Marketing and Corporate Communications, said it truly appreciated the valiant effort by the joint security agencies to stop the robbery attacks. N.Rs learnt

The statement reads, “We wish to inform everyone that the attempted robbery incident that happened at one of our branches in Abuja has been foiled; customers and staff are unhurt; and the suspects have been apprehended.

(Read first story here )


“The immediate response by the police and military is very commendable and we truly appreciate them for their doggedness and commitment.”

NobleReporters had reported that some armed robbers stormed the bank after shooting sporadically into the air to scare people away.

They succeeded in gaining entry into the banking hall but were cut out by the swift response of the police and the Nigerian Army.

Four of the robbers were arrested and one of them was killed.


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Update: 1 killed, 4 arrested in Abuja bank failed robbery, Atiku reacts in incident

...reinvigorated security in the new year


Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has reacted to Saturday’s bank robbery in the Mpape area of Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He commended the security operatives who arrived at the scene on time to foil the attack.


Atiku, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections, called for improved security of the country and its people next year.

“I am proud of the proactiveness of the Nigerian Army and Police in foiling the bank robbery in Abuja,” he said in a tweet.


The former Vice President added, “It is my hope that this will be the face of a reinvigorated security in the new year.”

His tweet came hours after a group of armed men attacked the commercial bank located at Mpape, a satellite town in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).


The suspects were said to have gained entry into the banking hall after shooting sporadically into the air to scare people away.

Their hope of successful and well-planned operation was, however, dashed as they came to the end of the road after they were trapped inside the bank.

Abubakar Atiku


This was as a result of the prompt response by security operatives made up of men of the Nigeria Police Forces, Nigerian Army, and the Department of State Services (DSS) who positioned themselves strategically in the area.

An exchange of gunfire between the suspects and the security personnel ensued thereafter, resulting in the death of one of the attackers while four others were arrested.


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