Armed ban­dits hand­cuff se­cu­rity guard, oc­cu­pant at Kubwa

Man begs wife to for­give neigh­bours over phone theft

Daily Trust - - CRIME - By Emma Elekwa By Emma Elekwa

Two per­sons on Mon­day sur­vived a rob­bery at­tack when a group of armed ban­dits hand­cuffed them in their res­i­dence in the Fed­eral Hous­ing area of Kubwa, a satel­lite town of the FCT.

Po­lice source said that the vic­tims, a se­cu­rity guard and a brother to the owner of the house were in­doors when the rob­bers stormed the place around3.15am that Mon­day.

The source said the rob­bers had gained en­trance into the se­cu­rity post, and were ty­ing the se­cu­rity guard with a rope when the brother of the house owner, on hear­ing the noise, came out to find out what was wrong.

“They were still ty­ing both of them with the rope when a neigh­bor, re­tired cap­tain quickly placed a dis­tress call to the po­lice that some hood­lums were op­er­at­ing in the neigh­bor­hood” it added.

Ac­cord­ing to the source, the ar­rival of the po­lice pa­trol team al­most im­me­di­ately the dis­tress call was placed pre­vented the hood­lums from gain­ing ac­cess to the apart­ment.

Daily Trust how­ever, learnt that none of the sus­pects were ar­rested at the scene by the po­lice. A mid­dle-aged woman has asked an Abuja Grade 1 Area court to ter­mi­nate the case filed against her neigh­bours who stole her Sam­sung cell phone, fol­low­ing a re­quest by the hus­band to for­give them.

Ali­fat Mukaita, a 28-year-old stu­dent, and Al­haji Do­minic, a 33-yearold builder, all of Dutse Makaranta, were charged with joint act and theft, of­fences con­trary to sec­tions 79 and 287 of the Pe­nal Code.

The po­lice pros­e­cu­tor, Arziki Kaura, had told the court that the com­plainant, Jes­sica Yough, of same ad­dress, on Septem­ber 15, re­ported at the Dut­sen Al­haji Po­lice Sta­tion, of how the ac­cused, on Septem­ber 15, stole her Sam­sung cell phone val­ued at N87, 000.

He said he gave the said phone to one Al­haji Do­minic of same ad­dress, who, in turn, sold the same phone to an un­known per­son, now at large, at the rate of N10,000, adding that both ac­cused per­sons ad­mit­ted com­mit­ting the of­fence dur­ing po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

When the mat­ter came up in court, the judge, Mo­hammed Marafa, struck out the mat­ter fol­low­ing the com­plainant’s re­quest that she had for­given them at the in­stance of the hus­band’s ap­peal.

Sim­i­larly, the same court, struck out a case of a 27-year-old elec­tri­cian ac­cused of con­vert­ing a lap­top be­long­ing to one Kemi Adeyi to his own use.

Ugan Si­mon of Kubwa vil­lage was charged with crim­i­nal mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion, of­fence that con­tra­dicts sec­tion 309 of the Pe­nal Code.

The po­lice pros­e­cu­tor, Baba­jide Ola­nipekun, told the court that the com­plainant, of Gbazango, on Septem­ber 8, re­ported at the Kubwa po­lice sta­tion, of how the ac­cused, some­time in Septem­ber, 2013, de­ceived her and col­lected her com­pact lap­top val­ued at N75,000 and con­verted it to his own use.

He said all ef­forts to re­cover the said item from the ac­cused proved abortive.

When the case came up in court, the judge, Mo­hammed Marafa, struck it out at the re­quest of the com­plainant who said she had for­given him, based on neigh­bours’ in­ter­ven­tion.

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