Police accuse 17 ABUAD students of attempted bank robbery

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Police on Wednesday accused 17 students of Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, of an attempt to rob a branch of Wema Bank in the institution.

At the hearing on Wednesday, the police prosecutor, Mr. Samuel Osobu, informed the court of the intention to file a probable cause of action against the students, other than the six-count earlier slammed on them on Tuesday.

This was after the court had earlier admitted the students to N300,000 bail each and one surety in like sum, who must be either a civil or public servant on the previous charge.
The prosecutor said he had forwarded the case file to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for legal advice.

Osobu alleged that the students on February 7 unlawfully committed the offence of arson by burning houses belonging to ABUAD University security staff and burglary of a boutique belonging to the wife of the ABUAD founder.

He added that the students also attempted to rob the branch of Wema Bank situated on the campus.

According to him, the alleged offences contravene Section 443(a), 411(2) and 403 of the criminal code, Cap C 16, Laws of Ekiti State of Nigeria, 2016.

The plea of the accused were not taken as their counsel, Mr Peter Ogunkile, Chris Omokhafe and eight others sought for a date of adjournment pending the advice of the DPP office.

Chief Magistrate Adesoji Adegboye consequently ordered that the accused be remanded in prison custody pending the outcome of the DPP advice.
He adjourned the case till February 12 for further hearing.
Source: Punch news

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