Ibadan, Feb. 4, 2013 (NAN) An Ibadan Chief Magistrates' Court on Monday ordered eight armed robbery suspects to be remanded in the custody of the State Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) until the next adjourned date on March 12.
The suspects are Sikiru Obawemimo, 37, Gbenga White, 22; Mutiu Saka, 22 and Tajudeen Eniola, 21.
Others are Saheed Yusuf, 25, Adeoyo Moruf, 25; Abiodun Jimoh, 28 and Kemi Adebowale, 19.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr Kehinde Tijani, ordered that the defendants be remanded in the SARS custody pending the proof of duplication of the case file.
Tijani said that when the proof of duplication of the case file at the office of the Director of Public Prosecution for legal advice was provided, the accused persons would then be remanded in prison.
The Prosecutor, Mrs Olookoba Bola, told the court that the suspects were facing eight-count charge incuding conspiracy, armed- robbery, receiving and unlawful possession.
Bola said that the accused were armed with a gun when they allegedly robbed a cell phone valued at N5 000; recharge cards valued at N30 000 and N8 000 cash belonging to one Romoke Bamigbade.
She further added that the defendants also stole a cell phone valued at N25 000 and N15 000 cash, property of one Ogunmola Adeola while armed with a gun.
Bola said that other items stolen were a necklace, valued at N85, 500, cell phone, valued at N5 500 and N50 000 cash belonging to Mercy Okon.
She added further that the accused were allegedly in possession of a locally-made double barreled gun and eight live cartridges during the alleged robbery.
She said that the offences contravened sections 6(b), 1; (2), 5 and 27 of Firearms (Special Provision) Act Cap RII Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004.
The pleas of the defendants were, however, not taken and the case was adjourned to March 12.