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2 men arraigned in Minna for allegedly killing 2 policemen

The defendants are standing trial on charges of criminal conspiracy, criminal trespass, abduction, armed robbery, causing hurt, mischief and murder.

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The Prosecutor, Insp. Emmanuel Danladi, told the court that one Alhaji Bello of Tagina Kabata village reported a case of abduction of seven persons to the police on June 2.

Danladi alleged that on May 5, the accused who hail from Allawa village, conspired with 16 others now at large, and committed the act at the Tagina Kabata Central Mosque.

He alleged that the accused robbed one of the victims of N750, 000.

He said that a team of five police detectives had gone to Allawa village on investigation, but the accused attacked them, killing two and injuring three.

The prosecutor told the court that the accused persons also set ablaze the police outpost in the community.

He said the offences contravened Sections 97, 348, 273, 298, 252 (2), 221 and 327 of the Penal Code Law of Niger State.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty.

The Magistrate, Mariam Kings, declined to take the pleas of the accused, noting that the court lacked jurisdiction to hear the matter.

Kings directed the police to forward the case file to the state Director of Public Prosecution for legal advice.

She ordered that the accused persons be remanded in prison custody, pending the advice from the director of public prosecution.

She adjourned the case until September 7 for mention.

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