Ill-health stalled the arraignment of a robbery suspect, Alhaji Abdul Rauf Tijjani, at the Lagos High Court, Ikeja, on Tuesday.
Tijani, a retired army general, slumped in prison on Monday and was rushed to hospital for treatment.
The accused person is standing trial for armed robbery and attempted murder.
Tijjani, 67, who is also a recipient of Order of Federal Republic (OFR) award, was arraigned alongside one Akanni Suada for attempting to kill one Maria Febisola in 2013.
The state prosecutor, M.D. Adewoye, had alleged that Tijjani and Suada robbed Febisola of N2.5m and a jewelry worth N3m.
Part of the charge reads: “Alhaji Abdul Rauf Tijjani, Akanni Suada on the 11th, October, 2013 at about 21:20hrs at No. 117 Akowonjo Road, Lagos, in the Ikeja Judicial Division, attempted to kill one Maria Febisola by shooting her with a gun.
“Alhaji Abdul Rauf Tijjani, Akanni Suada on the 11th, October, 2013 at about 21:20hrs at No. 117 Akowonjo Road, Lagos, whilst armed with a rifle did rob one Maria Febisola of the sum of N2.5m, a hand bag containing some cash and jewelry worth N3m.
“Alhaji Abdul Rauf Tijjani, Akanni on the 11th, October, 2013 at about 21:20hrs at No. 117 Akowonjo Road, Lagos, in the Ikeja Judicial Division unlawfully killed an unborn child by causing rupture of the foetus in the womb of one Abidemi Ahmed.”
When the matter came up for mention, Tijjani’s lawyer, O.A. Afolabi, informed the court that the defendant was rushed to the hospital on Monday after he slumped in prison.
Afolabi said: “My Lord, the prison warders informed me that the first defendant, Tijani, slumped inside the prison yesterday and has been admitted at the hospital.
“Since then, he is yet to recover fully in order to appear in court for his arraignment.”
Justice Hakeem Oshodi adjourned the matter till March 19 for arraignment.
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Author: Adebisi Onanuga