The five armed robbery suspects arrested in connection with Mpape’s failed bank robbery at a First Bank branch in Mpape, Abuja, were arraigned to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Wuse on Friday.
They were charged in court by the FCT Police Command, in an issue under the number CR / 166/2020, for the failed robbery attempt by security officers on December 28, 2019.
They appeared before Court Judge Ajoke Adepoju of court22.
The prosecution led by James Idachaba, an officer in charge of the Legal Department of the FCT Command, sentenced them to five courts on the border with armed robbery and illegal possession of firearms.
Suspects Ehizo Larry at 30, Princewill Obinna at 24, Elijah David at 19, Timothy Joe at 21 and Ernest Ewim at 29 are first to fifth, respectively.
The fifth defendant (Ewim) was represented by his lawyer, Peter Ihunweze.
Ihunweze, the first defendant’s lawyer (Larry) told the court on Sunday, David called on him to briefly summarize him.
The second defendant (Obinna) was represented by A. G. Enabosi.
Idachaba said before the hearing, if unrepresented suspects are unable to obtain lawyers, they would contact the council of legal advisers to get lawyers to defend them in accordance with constitutional requirements.
After the suspects had the charges read by the court, they all pleaded not guilty to all of them.
Idachaba said that, taking into account that the suspects pleaded not guilty, they were ready for trial.
He said he has seven witnesses and also some vital displays to prove his case.
He said that, according to the convenience of the court, the prosecution would not mind just a week to complete the trial.
The prosecutor said the case was easy because the defendants were caught in the act.
He requested that the defendants be held in custody pending trial.
Ihunweze and Enabosi aligned themselves with the allegation that the suspects would be detained in the custody of the Nigeria Correctional Services (NCS), while seeking a date to secure bail for the suspects.
Ihunweze said that they remained innocent until proven otherwise.
Judge Adepoju, after hearing all submissions, postponed the matter to March 13, 2020 for a final hearing.
She ordered the suspects to be arrested in prison custody