Court remands 49-year-old man for bank robbery in Ekiti

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An Ekiti State Chief Magistrate Court in Ado Ekiti has granted an order to remand 49-year-old Ajewole Peter in the Nigerian Correctional Centre, Ado Ekiti for the alleged offence of armed robbery on a bank and other offences.

The charge alleged that Ajewole Peter was reasonably suspected to have committed armed robbery on WEMA Bank, Iyin Ekiti Branch on the 2nd of October, 2020 around 3:45pm and unlawfully had in his possession firearms and ammunition.

Moving his ex-parte application, Police Prosecutor, Inspector Oriyomi Akinwale urged the court to grant the remand order to allow the Police complete their investigation and forward the duplicate case file to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for legal advice, he said, the offence contravenes section 1 (2)(a) and (b) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act, Cap 398 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and section 27 (b) (i) and (ii) of the Firearms Act, 2004.

In his statement to the Police, the defendant confessed to having committed the offence alongside Omotoyinbo Samuel, Oluwafemi Shayo, Seun Adere and others who are members of his gang on the said date, he said, I changed my sim card when I heard that other members of the gang have been arrested and relocated to Ilesa, Osun State before my eventual arrest on 2nd day of June 2022.

Delivering his ruling, Magistrate Bankole Oluwasanmi ordered that the accused person be taken to the Federal Correctional Centre, Ado Ekiti and be remanded for an initial period of one month from 26th of August, 2022.

The case has been adjourned till the 27th of September, 2022 for mention.

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