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  • Updated: June 14, 2024

Three killed as armed robbers invade Abuja bank, police station

Three killed as armed robbers invade Abuja bank, police stat

Gunmen suspected of being bandits assaulted the Abaji Divisional Police Headquarters in Abuja and raided a nearby commercial bank branch.

On Thursday evening about 5:00 p.m., a group of roughly 15 criminals broke into the bank and the police station simultaneously.

According to the Daily Post, the attack claimed the lives of a police officer and two suspects.

The FCT Police Public Relations Officer, SP Josephine Adeh, confirmed the terrible occurrence to Daily Post on Friday, saying operatives of the command, in a joint operation with the military, engaged the armed individuals in a gun battle, resulting in deaths.

According to the PPRO, security officers captured three individuals, including a reputed gang boss known only as Usman. Angry crowds in the region reportedly set fire to one of the murdered suspects' bodies.

Meanwhile, four persons have been sentenced to death by hanging for armed robbery, murder and conspiracy. The sentence was pronounced on them by an Ekiti State Hugh Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti on Thursday.

The court also convicted and sentenced the defendants to life improvement for the offence of attempted murder. They are Ogunleye Sola, Adebayo Ebenezer, Lasisi Afeez and Ojo Oba.

According to the charge, “The defendants committed the offences on May 29, 2017, at Oyan Orete Camp, Ijan Ekiti where the occupants of the camp were robbed at gunpoint and one Olasunkanmi Ramon was murdered while Alhaji Adeleye Usman was attacked with a cutlass on the head by the defendants.

“The offences committed by the four defendants are contrary to Section 6(b) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act, Cap. R11, Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 2004; Murder and Attempt to Murder contrary to Sections 319(1) and 320 of the Criminal Code Law, Cap.C16, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012,” it stated.

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Julius Ajibare, who prosecuted the case for Ekiti State, called five witnesses and tendered seven exhibits to back up his case.

The defendants spoke through their counsel, Chris Omokhafe and Oluwaseun Banji, who gave evidence in their defence and called two other witnesses.

In the court judgment, Justice Olukayode Ogundana held that the prosecution proved all the offences against the defendants beyond a reasonable doubt.

The judge consequently convicted all the defendants and sentenced them to death by hanging for the offences of conspiracy, armed robbery and murder just as he sentenced them to life imprisonment for the offence of attempt to murder.

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