Court remands suspects of Abuja bank failed robbery

Ebun Francis| A Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court remanded five suspects arrested in connection with the failed robbery attack on a commercial bank in Abuja last December in Kuje prison.

Presiding judge, Ajoke Adepoju gave the order following the arraignment of the suspects at the FCT court by the police.

They were charged with five counts bordering on conspiracy to commit armed robbery, robbery and illicit possession of firearms.

The four suspects pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to them.

At the court on Friday, lead prosecution counsel, James Idachaba, who said the police were ready to prosecute the case, however, made an oral application for the court to give both parties a week for the commencement of the trial.

David Ochimana, counsel to the first defendant and the alleged mastermind of the robbery, Larry Ehizo, did not oppose the application of the prosecution counsel.

The presiding judge, following the submissions of both lawyers, adjourned the case untill March 13 for hearing and remanded the suspects at the correctional centre.

It will be recalled that the suspects on December 28, 2019 were alleged to have stormed the bank located at Mpape, a satellite town in the nation’s capital,
gained entry into the banking hall after shooting sporadically into the air.

Luck, however ran out on them as they were trapped inside the bank following the prompt arrival of security operatives.

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