By Uthman Siraja

The Minna Senior Magistrate Court No.7A has ordered for the remand of two suspected armed robbers in Minna Correctional Custody.

The suspects, Chibuike Uzumba, 33 and Ugochukwu Chinaka, 35 years all from Imo State. They are standing trial on three count charges bordering on conspiracy; attempt to commit an offence of robbery and being in possession of Motorcycle suspected to have been stolen.

According to the Police First Information report made available in court and copy obtained by Newsline, the three count charges contravened section 97, 299 and 319 of the penal code.  The Police Prosecutor, Inspector Aliyu Yakubu had earlier told the court that on the 17 of December, 2019,  acting on a tip-off that some hoodlums numbering two were moving from one bank to another on unregistered CG Daylong Motorcycle to trail and  snatch from innocent and unsuspecting customers.

“Police SIB operatives swung into action and arrested you Chibuike Uzumba, of Umerem village Orodo area, Owerri, Imo State, and you Ugochukwu Chinaka of Ezima village Obiorodo Nbetolo LGA of Imo State, at First Bank Premises, Tunga, Minna, canvassing for unsuspecting victims.” During Police investigation, a master key was found hidden under the seat of your motorcycle in which both of you confessed to belong to a syndicate that specialized in opening and closed system of stealing for decades, also indicted was one Simon of Ahaba village also of Imo State, now at large who was the manufacturer of your master key.”

When the charges were read to them by the presiding Magistrate Maryam King, they all pleaded not guilty and the Prosecutor requested for their being remanded in Correctional Custody. The two accused persons who were represented by a defence counsel, Barrister Mahmud Mohammed applied for their bail and the Magistrate declined the application on the ground that she lacks the jurisdiction to hear the matter in accordance with section 299 and as such have no power to grant such bail.

She then remanded them to Correctional Custody and adjourned the mater to 21st of January 2020 for further mention.