‘Man Uses Snake, Baboon To Rob People’

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A 27-year-old man, who allegedly terrorised and robbed people with baboon and snake, was on Thursday charged before an Ikeja Chief Magistrate’s Court.
The accused, Mohammed Nafiu, 27, whose address is unknown, is facing a five-count charge bordering on conspiracy, breach of public peace and robbery. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.
But the prosecutor, ASP Eranus Nnamonu insisted that the accused committed the offences on March 7 and 17 when he terrorised the residents of Ogba and Ijaiye in Lagos. He said Nafiu, armed with a full grown baboon and a venomous snake, also terrified a crowd waiting to board a bus at Ogba Bus Stop.
Nnamonu said the accused isolated an eyewitness, Joshua Odogwu, and thereafter obtained N57, 000 from him. “The obviously terrified victim dropped all he had in his bag along with N57, 000 cash, which the accused collected.’’ In addition, he said the accused had on March 17 visited the shop of a man, Henry Ugwuokoh and forcefully obtained N230, 000. The offences, Nnamonu noted, contravened Sections 166, 294, 295 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. In her ruling, the Magistrate, Mrs Abimbola Komolafe, granted the accused bail in the sum of N100, 000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case to June 18 for trial.

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