Sus­pect dies in po­lice cus­tody

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Richard P. Ng­bokai

Asus­pected elec­tric trans­former van­dal ar­rested by the po­lice in Utako has died in the Wuse Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal, Abuja.

The sus­pect, Sun­day Ok­para, was re­ceiv­ing treat­ment at the hos­pi­tal for ma­chete cuts he sus­tained dur­ing a fight with se­cu­rity guards at Zankli Pri­vate Hos­pi­tal, where he and his ac­com­plice al­legedly went to van­dalise ca­bles.

A po­lice source who con­firmed this to our re­porter on con­di­tion of anonymity, said that the sus­pect died in the early hours of last Wed­nes­day.

City News had ear­lier re­ported that the sus­pect was ar­rested, penul­ti­mate Thurs­day, and taken to the hos­pi­tal for treat­ment by the po­lice be­fore pros­e­cu­tion.

Mean­while, his ac­com­plice, Gabriel John, was ar­raigned in court for al­legedly van­dal­is­ing a trans­former and steal­ing four length of 5c500-20 ar­moured ca­ble.

John, a res­i­dent of Kar­ma­jiji, lo­cated around Air­port Road, Abuja, was ar­raigned un­der sec­tions 343, 79 and 288 of the Pe­nal Code for crim­i­nal tres­pass, joint act and theft.

The pros­e­cu­tor, Florence Avioboh, told the court that on June 23, one Us­man Dauda re­ported at Utako po­lice sta­tion that the accused and four oth­ers, three cur­rently at large, van­dalised a trans­former and stole about four lengths of 5c500-20 ar­moured ca­ble val­ued at N500, 000.

The pros­e­cu­tor added that dur­ing po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the accused per­sons con­fessed to the crime.

When these charges were read to the accused, he pleaded not guilty and was granted bail by the pre­sid­ing judge, Mo­hammed Ado, in the sum of N200, 000 with a surety who must either be the chair­man or sec­re­tary of taxi drivers’ union. The case was ad­journed to Septem­ber 20, 2016, for hear­ing.

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