A 37-year-old man, Joseph Ozomena, appeared before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday for allegedly robbing a taxi driver at gun point.
The accused, whose address was not disclosed in court, is facing a charge of armed robbery. The prosecutor, Insp. Simon Imhonwa, told the court that the offence was committed on Nov. 14 at Lekki Phase 1 gate around 3p.m.
He said the accused, in company for some others still at large, boarded a taxi belonging to Mr Collins Emodi and robbed him. “The accused and his gang flagged down a taxi at Lekki Phase 1 Gate under the guise of seeking transportation. “As soon as they boarded the cab and was in transit, they attacked the driver, Mr Emodi, and dispossessed him of his cell phone and N45,000 cash on him at gun point”, Imhonwa said.
Imhonwa said the accused was arrested following a police tip off. The prosecutor said that the offence contravened Section 1(2) Robbery and Firearm Act Laws of the Federation of Nigeria. The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Bola Osunsami, ordered that the accused be remanded in custody pending further investigation into the case by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPPs).
“The charge shows probable cause, hence the file should be duplicated and forwarded to the DPP for legal advice; the accused should be remanded in prison custody pending the outcome of the investigation”, Osunsami said.
Osunsanmi adjourned the case to Feb. 18 for hearing.