An Ebute-metta Chief Magistrate’s Court yesterday remanded 13 suspected armed robbers that killed wife, and daughter of Mr. Peter Ndirika, an evangelist in the Lord’s Chosen Church while robbing two banks at Festac town in Amuwo Odofin area of Lagos State.
The deceased, Jane and her little daughter were hit by stray bullets in their house on Road 8 when the suspected armed robbers fired guns sporadically while robbing the banks at 4th Avenue in Festac town.
The suspects, who appeared before Chief Magistrate O. I. Adelaja (Mrs.) were alleged to be the brain behind several bank robberies that took place in Lagos State between March 2015 and March 2016.
The suspects are Clement Abanara, 42; Dennis Njoku, 30; Ebi Blessing, 28; Sunday Olotu, 33; John Sabajoh, 35; Idowu Sobijoh, 32 and Ainriyemipate Joseph Wisdom, 27.
Others include: Opeyemi Balogun, 32: Olamilekan Morounkeji, 32: Ayodeji Fanimeye, 40: Mike Adebayo, 57: Monsuru Ahmed Adisa, 46: and Daniel Ukaeju, 50.
The Officer-in-Charge of legal department of Lagos state Police Command, Mr. Eno-Edobor, informed the court that all the 13 suspected armed robbers took part in banks’ robberies that occurred in Lagos and Ogun States between March 2015 and March 2016.
Edobor urged the court to remand the suspects in line with section 264(1) and (2) of the Administration of Criminal Justice of Lagos State, 2011.
He urged the court to remand the suspected armed robbers in prisons custody for the first 30 days to enable the Directorate of Public Prosecution, DPP, to issue an advice on the alleged crime.
Consequently, the presiding Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Adelaja, ordered that all the 13 armed robbery suspects be remanded in prisons custody till May 11.
She also ordered the police to duplicate the suspects’ case files and forward it to the office of DPP for an advice.
In the nine counts charge attached with the remand application, the police alleged that all the 13 suspects took part in banks’ robberies that occurred in Festac, Ikorodu and Lekki area of Lagos state, and Agbara in Ogun state.
Police alleged that all the suspects on October 13, 2015, while armed with AK47, Diamante and other offensive weapons robbed the 4th Avenue Festac branch of Diamond Bank and Access Bank of N27 million and N29 million respectively.
They were also alleged to have on June 18, 2015, while armed with same dangerous weapons robbed First Bank Plc the sum N19 million, $3,470 USD, and €40 Euros.
Besides, they were said to have on March 12, 2015, robbed the Lekki branch of FCMB the sum of N26, 005,664.00 million.
The armed robbery suspects were also alleged to have on June 24, 2015 attacked and robbed the Ipakodo branch of First Bank Plc the sum of N19 million, $2, 759 USD, and £120 Pound Sterling and a branch of Zenith Bank Plc the sum of N80, 524,102 million.
The police further alleged that the robbery suspects had on November 19, 2015 at about 9.30am attacked the Agbara branch of Zenith bank Plc. and disposed it of N110 million.
They were also accused of killing three police officers who were on official duty at Lekki branch of FCMB on March 12, 2015. The officers include: Inspector Bethel Agbodu: Sergeant Odehohwo and Corporal Imoisu Ikechukwu.
The suspects were said to have killed one Jane Ebere Ndirika, aged 39, and her daughter Mmesomia at the 4th Avenue Festac on October 1, 2015.
The offences according to the prosecution are contrary to and punishable under sections 295(2) and 231: 295(2): and 221 of the Criminal laws of Lagos state of Nigeria, 2011