.They Were Also In Possession Of A Gun –
By Nike Adekunle –
Two men, Nnamdi Azibi and Samuel Okonkwo, charged with being in possession of gun to dupe a Bureau-De-Change man of his N14million, were on Thursday, 2 February, 2017 arraigned in Lagos, eyeonthenews.com reports.
Azibi, 46, unemployed and Okonkwo, 21, student, whose addresses were not stated are being tried for conspiracy, fraud and unlawful possession of a gun at an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
According to the prosecutor, Insp. Essien Ndarake, the accused committed the offences on January 12, 2017 at Tourist Hostel, Murtala Mohammed Airport in Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria.
He said that the accused conspired to dupe one Bureau-De-Change man, Mr Amodu Abba of N14million.
“The accused duped the complainant of N14millon with a gun under the pretences of exchanging foreign currencies,” he said.
Ndarake said that the accused approached the complainant that he should come with N14million to meet them in a hotel that they wanted to change their foreign currencies.
“The duo asked the complainant to come to an hotel room where they lodged with a cash of N14million to change money for them.
“The complainant agreed but when he was going to the hotel, he went with some Police Officers because he had been duped in that manner before now.
“On getting to their hotel room, the complainant discovered that the accused were not in possession of any foreign currency.
“Before he could queried them, they brought out gun commanding him to give them the bag containing the money, threatening to shoot him if he refused to comply.
“For fear of unknown, the complainant dropped his bag and the accused tied his mouth and body to a chair. On their way out of the hotel, they were intercepted by Policemen that accompanied the complainant, who asked them for the owner of the bag.
“They claimed ownership of the bag, when they were searched, gun was found. One of the Policemen rushed upstairs and untied the complainant in the room where he was tied. The money was recovered and the accused were taken to the station,” he said.
The prosecutor said that the accused confessed to the Police that they did not mean to harm the complainant that they just wanted to disposess him of his money.
The offences contravened sections 312, 329 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. The accused may be jailed for 15 years if found guilty according to the provisions of section 312.
The accused pleaded innocence of the offences and were granted bail in the sum of N100,000 each with two sureties each in like sum.
The Magistrate, Mrs E. Kubeinje, adjourned the case to February 17 for mention.