…As Police arrest 3 suspects for robbing, killing pregnant woman in Abuja***
A 36-year-old banker, Joseph Promise, who allegedly stole N3.6 million from the accounts of two deceased bank customers, was on Wednesday docked in an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court, Lagos.
Promise, whose residential address was not given, is standing trial on a three-count charge of conspiracy, stealing and fraud.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Ejime Okete, told the court that the defendant committed the offences between Feb. 2012 and Jan. 20, at United Bank of Africa (UBA), House 57, Marina, Lagos.
Okete said that the defendant conspired with others still at large, and stole N3.6 million from the accounts of two deceased customers of UBA.
He said: “The defendant, being an employee of UBA, did unlawfully link the bank verification numbers of different accounts of two deceased bank customers and fraudulently withdrew the sum of N3.6 million without the consent of the deceased family.”
The prosecutor said that the offences contravened sections 20 (3), 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.
The Magistrate, Mrs H. O. Omisore, granted Promise bail in the sum of N400,000 with two sureties in like sum.
Omisore then adjourned the case until April 27, for further mention.
In another development, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja Police Command has arrested three suspects, for robbing and killing a pregnant woman in Damakasa in Apo resettlement in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC).
The Commissioner of Police in the FCT, Mr Bala Ciroma, highlighted this while addressing newsmen on the arrest on Wednesday in Abuja.
He explained that the suspects who went into hiding after the operation were arrested in their hideout in Deidei.
He said the suspects would be arraigned in court upon the conclusion of investigation, while efforts are being intensified to arrest other members of the gang who are at large.
The commissioner said that the command also arrested two suspects in Lugbe Zone 9 for assaulting some police personnel while responding to a distress call.
He said that the command also arrested three motorcycle riders who alongside others lynched a motorist at an accident scene.
”Similarly, the command has within one week arrested 12 suspects for cultism activities around Zuba and seven okada riders in connection with the murder of an alleged motorcycle thief in Dutse Makaranta, among others.
”The exhibits recovered include; two locally made pistols, two pump action, nine live cartridges, one dagger, four motorcycles, and television sets,” he said.
Ciroma also said that the command had commenced investigation into the violent riot that led to the recent closure of the Dutse Market, particularly the vigorous enforcement of the ministerial directive banning the operations of motorcycles in satellite towns in the territory.
Ciroma said that this followed the flagrantly disregard by the Okada riders to the directive to extend their operations to the expressway and highways, especially around Lugbe, Kubwa, Deidei, Karu and Nyanya axis.