Court remands 2 men over serial robberies with knife, rape

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A Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, on Friday remanded two men in a Custodial Centre in Lagos, over alleged serial robberies, rape of one of their victims and receipt of stolen goods.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs A.O. Adedayo, who ordered their remand, said that the case file should be duplicated and forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions for legal advice.

Adedayo, then, adjourned the case until Sept. 14 for hearing.

The first defendant, Adeniyi Ajayi, 27, is facing a seven-count charge of conspiracy, armed robbery and rape.
Also, the second defendant, Oluwaseyi Yusuf, 39, is facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and receipt of stolen items.
Their pleas were, however, not taken by the court because of the nature of their offences.
The Prosecutor, Joseph Eboseremen, told the court that Ajayi, between April and June, robbed two men and two women of their valuables, while armed with knife and raped one of their victims.
“On April 25, at 2.00a.m at 25, Hughes ACME St., Alagomeji, Yaba, Lagos, Ajayi robbed one Mr Thomas Eboh of his laptop, jewellery, a pair of Adidas shoes and money, all valued at N1 million, while armed with knife.
“On May 10, at 2.30a.m at Bonny Way, Yaba, Lagos, he also robbed one Mrs Cecilia Ayoola of her two Itel phones, valued at N150,000 and N40,000, respectively totalling N190,000.
“On June 10 at Yaba, the defendant robbed Sanni Habeeblahi of his two laptops, Samsung and Nokia phones valued at N381,500.
“On June 24, at 2.30a.m at 33, Akinwunmi St., Alagomeji, Yaba, Ajayi robbed another woman (nameswitheld) of her three phones, jewellery and money, all valued at N232,000 and also raped her, while armed with knife,” Eboseremen said.

He said that Yusuf conspired with Ajayi to rob and received two laptops, one Samsung phone and a Nokia phone, all valued at N380,000 from him, knowing that they were stolen.

Eboseremen further said that the offences contravened Sections 1 (1) (2) (a) (b), 6(a) of the Armed Robbery and Fire Arms Special Tribunal Cap Rll Law of Nigeria, 2004 and Section 260 (1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

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