By Kayode Adeoti
Five members of an armed bandit were on Tuesday docked by three magistrates in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
The suspects who are facing trial for involvement in various robbery cases in the state are Fajobi Temitope; Olasunkanmi Abayomi; Oyebanji Deji; Issah Abiodun and Babatunde Tope.
They were last arraigned on Tuesday before magistrate Abimbola Abioye for criminal conspiracy, armed robbery and receiving robbery items contrary to section 6(b) and 1(2) and (5) of armed robbery and firearms (Special Provision) Act Cap R11 LFN 2004.
The Police First Information Report (FIR) obtained from the court by Pilot Law, stated that the suspects have operated as a group or sub group in different places within the state to rob their victims.
The Police report further gave the account of how one Tayo Oyegoke and Michael Babafemi (both males) of MFM Phase 2 Tanke area, Ilorin were robbed and dispossessed of their valuables by the said robbers.
The FIR narrated that the victims reported the attack at Tanke Police Division, adding that they were sleeping in their respective rooms when armed robbers numbering five forcefully gained entrance into their apartments and ordered them to lie down at gunpoint.
During the attack, I-phone, I-pad, laptop, Plasma Television and Honda Accord car with reg no. KWL 346 FB belonging to the first complainant was allegedly carted away while the vehicle was later abandoned at Mark filling station, Tanke area due to tracking device in the car.
The IMEI of the I-phone sent to the service provider, however led to the arrest of one of the suspects, Fajobi Temitope, who helped to facilitate the arrest of his syndicate; Olasunkanmi aka Jagaban, Oyebanji, Issah and Babatunde.
Ealier, the suspects stood trial before Magistrates Muhammed Ibrahim and Dansuki of the State Magistrate Court for similar offence.
The separate FIR obtained from the court by this medium revealed that the suspects with the help of one Henry who is at large allegedly robbed some Unilorin students of their laptops, handsets valued at N950,000.
Similarly, the charge sheet before Magistrate Dansuki, narrated another account of the bandit’s operation.
It stated that they forcefully broke the burglary proof of their victims’ house to gained entrance and later carted away Samsung Galaxy Phone, I-pad, Power-bank, 42 inch Plasma Television and one Toyota Corolla Saloon Car with Reg. No: LND-727-EG.
At the resumed hearing before Magistrate Abioye on Tuesday, the state prosecutor, Sergeant Adewumi Johnson prayed the court not to grant the accused persons bail.
He premised his submission on the ground that the offence allegedly committed by the accused persons were not ordinarily bailable, adding that they should be remanded till the arrest of other member who is still at large is effected.
Barr. Oluwaseye Ikubanni, counsel standing for Issah and Babatunde however approached the court with an order seeking termination of FIR before Magistrates Ibrahim and Dansuki on the ground that it’s an abuse of court process.
The prosecutor objected the motion and urged the court to discountenance it. “The offence is not committed the same day and it’s with different victims. One victim is at Fate and others at Tanke,” he submitted.
He also hinged his argument on the fact that the matter is being handled by different investigators, adding that one is inspector Segun Dada and the other, Inspector Salami Matthew.
The court however adjourned the matter till 31st October, 2017 for ruling.