- FCT command of the police force have arraigned five suspects connected to the failed Abuja bank robbery
- The five Abuja bank robbery suspects pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against them
- The judge presiding over the case ordered the suspects to be remanded in prison following their arraignment
Five suspects arrested in connection to the Abuja foiled bank robbery were arraigned by the Nigerian police, FCT command on Friday, February 14, at the FCT high court. The suspects' arraignment is coming about seven weeks after the crime.
According to Channels TV, the five-count charge brought against all five suspects include conspiracy to commit armed robbery, robbery and illicit possession of firearms. They all pleaded not guilty after the charges were read to them.
The prosecution counsel urged the court to give both sides a week for the trial to start to which the defence agreed. The lawyer added that the police force was ready to present seven witnesses to testify in court.
Meanwhile, the FCT high court has ordered the five suspects to be remanded at the Kuje Correctional Centre following their arraignment.
After listening to the lawyers, Justice Ajoke Adepoju presiding over the matter adjourned the case until Friday, March 13 for hearing.
Legit.ng previously reported that operatives of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) police command Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) arrested one Ernest Ewim, a 29-year-old, who is believed to be the mastermind of the robbery.
A statement issued on Thursday, January 2, by the public relations officer of the FCT police command, DSP Ajugunri Manzah, confirmed Ewim's arrest. The foiled bank robbery occurred at Mpape area Abuja on Saturday, December 28, 2019.
Four members of the armed robbery gang that stormed the bank in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja were arrested while one of them was also confirmed killed.
The spokesperson of the FCT police command, ASP Mariam Yusuf, confirmed that normalcy was restored hours after the five-man gang stormed the area.
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