Court acquits robbery suspects after three years behind bars

An Ado-Ekiti High Court in Ekiti on Thursday discharged and acquitted three men, Prince Bulus, Michael Joshua and Paul Mike for alleged conspiracy, armed robbery and weapons possession. According to the charge, the three men were charged with three counts bordering on conspiracy, armed robbery and unlawful possession of weapons. On December 11, 2018, the defendants, around Yemraf area, Adebayo Estate, Ado Ekiti, were charged with conspiring to commit armed robbery, while armed with offensive weapons. It is alleged that Ibrahim Romoke was robbed of the sum of N45,700 and his phone, and Nike Durojaye was also robbed on 28 December 2018 of the sum of N260,150. The offenses violated sections 516, 402 (a), (b) of the Criminal Code Laws, Cap C16 Ekiti State Laws, 2012. In his statement, one of the victims, Ibrahim Romoke, said that after work for the day around 10:00 p.m., he was about to close the store when he saw one of the accused posing as a customer. . “When he came up to me, he pulled a gun on me and we went into my store. “He demanded money from me, I begged him that I have no money but he saw my handbag where it was, he checked it and took all my sales for the day, N45, 700 and my phone. “As I was about to raise the alarm, they got on a waiting motorcycle and headed towards the Federal Housing area, then I reported the matter to the Oke Ila police station,” he said. To prove his case, the prosecutor, Julius Ajibare, called five witnesses and presented the statements of the victims and the accused as evidence. The defendants through their lawyer, Adeyinka Opaleke, State Coordinator, Legal Aid CouncilHe did not call to testify, but he denied having committed the crimes he is accused of. “We just went there to drink beer before the police officers arrested us. Nigeria Civil Defense and Security Corps,” they said. In his sentence, the judge, Bamidele Omotoso, said that the prosecution had not established the three ingredients of the crime of armed robbery against the defendants. “I also maintain that the prosecution has not been able to prove beyond all reasonable doubt the crimes of conspiracy to commit a crime, armed robbery and illegal possession of weapons against the accused. “Finally, I resolve the only issues in this case against the prosecution in favor of the defendants. “Those charged with the crimes of conspiracy to commit a crime, armed robbery and illegal possession of weapons are dismissed and acquitted,” he said. (YAYA) SEE: Governor Yahaya Bello’s roadmap to Hope 2023 Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Court acquits robbery suspects after three years behind bars