…As Man sentenced to death for trailing, robbing bank customer***
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says it has lost two of its personnel in a gun duel with bandits at Kawan Pole Waya in Kaduna State.
It said that the incident occurred at about 5 p.m. on Monday, along the Kaduna-Birnin Gwari road, about 20 kilometres from Birnin Gwari.
Director of NAF’s Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, announced this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.
He gave the names of the deceased personnel as Flying Officer Abdulrahman Bayero and Aircraftman Saidu Bawa.
According to Daramola, the incident occurred when troops of 271 NAF Detachment, Birnin Gwari, on Monday, at about 5pm dismounted an ambush set up by bandits at Kawan Pole Waya, along Kaduna-Birnin Gwari road.
“The gallant troops were able to fight their way through the ambush to the side of Birnin Gwari and called for reinforcement.
“Unfortunately, two NAF personnel paid the supreme price in the process,” he said.
He said that the late personnel would be buried today (Tuesday) in accordance with Islamic rites.
The spokesman said that the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on behalf all officers, airmen, airwomen and civilian staff of NAF, commiserated with the families of the fallen heroes.
He said that the air chief prayed that the Almighty should grant their souls peaceful repose.
Daramola said that CAS had urged all NAF personnel to remain resolute and continue to work assiduously, in synergy with sister Services and other security agencies, to rid the North-West of all criminal elements.
In the meantime, an Abeokuta High Court on Tuesday sentenced one Lebaran Abass to death by hanging for trailing a bank customer and robbing him at gunpoint shortly after making a withdrawal.
Justice S.A Olugbemi sentenced Abass on a two-count charge of conspiracy and armed robbery.
Olugbemi held that evidence before court showed that the convict committed the offences.
“Having found that you, Labaran Abass, is guilty as charged on both counts, you shall be hung by the neck until you are dead,” Olugbemi said.
Prosecution counsel, Mrs Aderonke Adefisoye, had told the court that the convict committed the offences on Feb. 28, in Ilaro, Ogun.
Adefisoye said that the convict robbed one Mr Adebusuyi Afolabi of N998,000 shortly after he withdrew the sum from a bank.
“The accused and his gang would stay within bank premises waiting for customers who will withdraw huge amounts of money, and trail them to the point of collecting the money.
“The complainant withdrew his money from a bank located at Owode Yewa and went to the motor park to board a commercial vehicle to Idi-Iroko.
“While the complainant was sitting in the vehicle waiting for other passengers, the accused person and his gang entered the vehicle pretending to be passengers.
“The accused pointed a gun at Afolabi and collected the bag containing N998,000 from him and jumped onto a standby motorcycle and escaped,” the prosecutor submitted.
Adefisoye noted that armed robbery contravened Section 6(b) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act, 2004.