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Court remand member of 15-man robbery gang

An Ikeja Magistrate Court have remanded a 25-year-old technician, Chima Ejikeme, for attempted armed robbery in Lagos State.

The suspect who operates as a technician at the Alaba International Market, Lagos, is alleged to be a member of a 15-man armed robbery gang known for robbing innocent citizens of their valuables in the market, Okokomaiko, Ojo and Ajangbadi areas of Lagos.

Report said the suspect and his gang members had trailed one of their victims, Tochukwu Okorie, from an Automated Teller Machine point along the St. Peter Church Street, Alaba International Market, Ojo, after withdrawing cash.

The victim was reportedly attacked by the gunmen, who demanded the money he withdrew. The victim thereafter raised the alarm.

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After the attack operatives of the market’s task force, who were on routine patrol at the time, came to Okorie’s rescue and arrested Ejikeme. The other gang members reportedly fled the scene.

One locally-made Shot-Gun with four live cartridges was recovered from the suspect.

In his confessional statement to Police, the Imo State indigene, admitted to being a member of a 15-man armed robbery gang. He also confessed to belonging to the Vikings Confraternity, aka Arobaga.

He was arraigned on two counts bordering on armed robbery, contrary to sections 299 and 298(2) (a) (b) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The charges read, “That you, Chima Ejikeme, and others now at large, on September 15, 2018, around 5pm, along St. Peter Church Street, Alaba International Market, Ojo, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did conspire among yourselves to commit felony to wit; attempted robbery.

“That you, Chima Ejikeme, and others now at large, on the same date, time and place, in the aforesaid magisterial district, while armed with one locally-made shotgun with four live cartridges, did attack one Tochukwu Okorie, with intent to rob him of his money.”

The defendant’s plea was not taken.

The presiding magistrate, Mrs. S. K. Matepo, ordered the accused to be remanded in prison custody and adjourned the case till February 27, 2019.

 

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