Court remands student over armed robbery

An Ilorin Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday ordered that a student, Samson Moses, be remanded in a correctional centre over alleged armed robbery.

Magistrate Mohammed Ibrahim ordered the remand of the defendant at Oke-kura Correctional Centre in Ilorin and adjourned the case till Feb. 5 for further mention.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, Insp Nasiru Yusuf, said the defendant was arrested by the police on Jan. 9 while on patrol at Tanke Area of Ilorin.

He said that when the defendant was searched, a toy gun neatly concealed like a barreta pistol was recovered from him.

The prosecutor added that investigation conducted revealed that the defendant was on his way to rob one Oluh Kabaka at Colony Hostel, Ilorin.

He claimed that the defendant confessed to have planned the use of the toy gun for robbery, adding that he also admitted being a member of Aiye secret cult.

The prosecutor said the defendant was arraigned on a three-count charge of illegal possession of firearms, armed robbery and being member of prohibited secret cult.

He said that the offences contravened Sections 2 (1) and 3 (1) of the Robbery and Firearms Law and 1(2) of the Secret Society (Prohibition) Law, 2016.

The prosecutor also urged the court to remand the defendant in prison custody pending the outcome of investigation.

The defendant, however, had pleaded not guilty to the charge against him.

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