Vanguard publisher’s attackers remanded in prison

Six people who allegedly raided the home of Vanguard newspaper’s publisher, Mr. Sam Amuka, three months ago were Werdnesday arraigned before Magistrate Bola Osunsanmi of a Lagos Magistrate Court, Ikeja.

According to the prosecutor, Inspector Simeon Imohwa, the suspects allegedly went away with cash and valuables valued at N2, 875,000 during the robbery and injured the publisher.

The suspects are Koyis Usman, 22, Umaru Oseni, 46, Abdurasaq Hassan, 43, Musa conAtim Abubakar, 31, Gambno Umar, 31, and Abdulramon Kashil, 25. They were remanded in prison custody having been arraigned on a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy, armed robbery and grievous bodily harm.

According to the counts, the defendants ‘‘On June 5, 2016 at about 2.30 a.m. at Anthony Village, Lagos did conspire amongst themselves, with others now at large, to commit felony to wit, armed robbery and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 297 and punishable under section 295 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2011.”

Count two read: “That you Koyis Usman, Umaru Oseni, Abdurasaq Hassan, Musa Atim Abubakar, Gambno Umar and Abdulramon Kashil and others now at large on the same date, time and place whilst arming yourself with gun and knife, did rob your victim of one Samsung Galaxy valued N100,000; $5,500 (equivalent of N1,815,000); three gold wrist watches valued N360,000; two leather wrist watches valued N100,000; and cash sum of N500,000, property of one Samson Oruru Amuka, publisher of Vanguard Newspaper and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 295(c) of the Criminal ident’s visit. We ask them to give a rousing welcome to our amiable President.

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In count three, they were alleged to have “unlawfully inflicted grievous harm on their victim by using iron rod cutter to hit and damage the left rib and two fingers of Samson Oruru Amuka, publisher of Vanguard Newspaper and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 243 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2011, and “cause damage to a window burglary asbestos, two doors, property of Samson Oruru Amuka, publisher of Vanguard Newspaper and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 337 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2011.”