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Court remands two suspected armed robbers in Benue

Court remands two suspected armed robbers in Benue

A Magistrates’ Court in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, on Monday, remanded two middle-aged persons, Aondongu Gawon and Augustine Kumaiin, in a correctional facility for alleged armed robbery.

The Magistrate, Mrs Sonia Yaikiur, who did not take the plea of the defendants for want of jurisdiction, ordered that the case file be forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions for advice.

Yaikiur adjourned the case until Aug. 20 for mention.

The Police Prosecutor, Sgt Regina Ishaya, told the court that the defendants were arrested by a police patrol team, led by ASP. Isa Ahmed, on July 15.

She told the court that the team, while on patrol along Lafia-Makurdi road, got information that some armed men were robbing motorists at New Area in Daudu Town, Guma Local Council.

The prosecutor alleged that the defendants and others ran into a nearby bush on sighting the police van, but the police were able to arrest two of them.

He said during a police investigation, the defendants allegedly confessed to the crime.

She said the offence contravened Sections 6(b) and 1(1)(2)(a) of the Robbery and Firearms Special Provisions Act, 2004.

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