By Martin Iyonguvihi
Nine (9) persons suspected to be armed robbers were recently arraigned before a Makurdi Chief Magistrate Court for allegedly robbing and killing a 45-year-old man, Asor Imange.
The defendants were arraigned by the Benue Police Command for criminal conspiracy, armed robbery, acts of terrorism and culpable homicide, contrary to Section 6 of the Robbery and Firearms Special provisions Act 2004, Section 4 of the Abduction, Hostage-taking, Kidnapping, Secret Cult and Similar Activities Prohibition Laws of Benue State 2017 and Section 222 of the Penal Code Laws of Benue State.
The nine (9) defendants were, Aondohemba Apear, Msughaondo Ernyi, Dajo Terungwa, Gudo Iortyer, George Teryila, Terna Tyonongu, Mbaganyi Tyonongu, Selumun Dajo, and Philip Bem, all male of Mbanor, Tyuluv in Ukum Local Government Area, Benue State.
The Prosecutor, Inspector Veronica Shaagee told the court that the suspects were arrested on the September 8, 2022 following a complaint to the Nigeria Police Divisional headquarters, Gbeji, Ukum.
“On the 08 09 2022, at about 0800hrs, one Nicholas Imande, male of Tse-lmande, Adieku, Tyuluv Council ward of Ukum LGA Benue Stare reported at the station that on the same date at about O180hrs he received a message from his son that some armed men in large number invaded Tse-lmande shot and killed his younger brother, one Asor Imande aged 45yrs after robbing him of his cash, phones and that of his wife, Doom Avor with other of his valuables yet to be estimated and that the assailants thereafter went after other members of the family but missed their targets,” he stated.
He said during Police investigation, the nine suspects were arrested for committing the offences while other members of the gang are still at large.
No plea for want of jurisdiction was taken after the charges were read before the nine defendants as the prosecutor asked for an adjournment to complete investigation in the case while also applying that the defendants be remanded in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Centre.
The defense counsel, Paul Okoliko, who held brief for N.E Tsobaza did not oppose the application for adjournment but informed the court that all the accused persons are currently at Appeal Court with the complainant over a land issue.
Ruling on the application, the Magistrate, R.S Iyorshe Esq. ordered that the nine defendants be remanded at the Federal Correctional Centre, Makurdi, and adjourned to November 22, 2022 for further mention.