A 24-year-old man, Joseph Nwadinobi, has been arrested by the police for allegedly robbing two residents of Ajileye Street, in the Ijedodo area of Ijegun, Lagos State.
The suspect was also brought before an Ikeja Magistrate’s Court by a police prosecutor, Inspector Benedict Aigbbokhan, on four counts bordering on robbery, assault and rape.
According to Aigbbokhan, the suspect and his accomplices at large, while armed with toy guns and cutlasses, robbed one Maurice of a laptop, clipper, camera, four phones, and cash of N36,000.
They also reportedly inflicted wounds on his head.
Not done, the suspects reportedly went to one Esther’s apartment. It was gathered that when Esther told them that she had no valuables, they took turns to rape her.
He said that the incident was reported to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Lagos State Police Command, and a manhunt was launched for the suspects, leading to Nwadinobi’s arrest.
Aigbokhan told the court that the offences contravened sections 299, 297(2)(a) and (b), 175, 260(1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.
The charges read in part, “That you, Joseph Nwadinobi, and others at large, on March 16, 2017, at about 6am, on Ajileye Street, Ijedodo, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did conspire among yourselves while armed with toy guns, knives, cutlasses and other weapons, did steal one laptop, four phones, a clipper, camera, foodstuffs and cash sum of N36,000, property of one Maurice.
“That you, Joseph Nwadinobi, and others at large, on the same date, time and place, in the aforementioned magisterial district, while armed with toy guns, knives, cutlasses and other weapons, did cause grievous harm to one Maurice by giving him several machete cuts on the head, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 175 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.
“That you, Joseph Nwadinobi and others at large, on the same date, time and place in the aforementioned magisterial district did unlawfully have sexual intercourse with one Esther without her consent, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 260(1) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.”
The defendant’s plea was turned down by the presiding magistrate, Mrs O.A. Akokhia.
The magistrate ordered that he should be remanded in prison and adjourned the case till September 12, 2017, for a mention.