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Oyo Court Remands Gang Leader for Alleged Robbery, Murder
An Iyaganku Magistrates’ Court in Ibadan, Oyo State has ordered the remand of one Ajibola Akinpelu, 48, at the Correctional Centre, Ibadan for alleged armed robbery and murder.
Akinpelu, who was arraigned on Friday, is being tried on five-count charges of conspiracy, armed robbery, and murder.
According to the Prosecutor, Philip Amusan, the defendant and his accomplices, now at large, allegedly committed the offences on September 10, 2022 between 10:30 pm and 2:30 am in the Egbeda area, Ibadan.
Amusan alleged that the defendant and his gang members, while armed with guns and cutlasses, robbed one Mohammed Adamu of the sum of N2 million.
The prosecutor alleged that the defendant also on September 11, 2022, killed one of his gang members, Gbenga Iroko, during a robbery operation, deposited his body at the Lagos State Accident and Emergency Centre, and fled.
He further alleged that the defendant allegedly sold charms to his gang members for fortification against arrest.
He said the offences contravened sections 6 B, 1(2)(a)(b) of the Robbery and Firearms Laws of Nigeria, 2004.
Amusan said the crimes also contravened Sections 213 of the Criminal laws of Nigeria, 1990, and 319 of the Criminal Laws of Oyo State, 2000.
The Magistrate, O. A. Akande, did not take the plea of the defendant for want of jurisdiction.
Meanwhile, Akande has ordered the police to return the case file to the Director of Public Prosecutions, for legal advice, and adjourned the case until January 10, 2023, for further mention.