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Court remands 3 men over alleged armed robbery

Three men are currently standing trial on a four-count charge of conspiracy, receiving stolen goods and armed robbery.

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The accused, Kosoko, 21, Quam, 28, and Usman, 35, whose addresses were not known, are standing trial on a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy, receiving stolen goods and armed robbery.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the plea of the accused was not taken.

However, the charge sheet stated that the accused committed the alleged offences between Nov. 5 and Nov. 6, 2016, at Aroloya Street, Isale Eko in Lagos.

It stated that Kosoko and Quam, robbed various houses while armed with dangerous weapons, including cutlasses and guns.

The charge also stated that Kosoko and Quam, carted away properties from the houses they robbed, the value of which were yet to be verified.

It stated that Usman received the stolen items from Kosoko and Quam.

The charge stated that the offences contravened Sections 326 (1) and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

It also contravened Sections 1(2) (9a) and 1(2) (a) (b) of the Robbery and Firearms Special Provision Act Cap 393 Vol. XXI, Laws of the Federation, 2004.

The prosecutor, Mr A. O. Fadipe, a lawyer with Federal Special Anti- Robbery Squad, urged the court to remand the accused in custody.

He said that the file would be duplicated and sent to the office of the Directorate for Public Prosecutions (DPP) for legal advice.

The prosecutor also said that the application for the remand of the accused was brought pursuant to section 264 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of the Federation.

Lawyers to the accused, Mrs Helen Ibeji, and Mr Prince Owen-Brown, urged the court to disregard the application of the prosecutor.

However, the Magistrate, Mrs A. T. Omoyele, remanded the accused in custody and ordered that the case file be sent to the DPP for legal advice.

She adjourned the case to Feb. 20 for mention.

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