An Itori Magistrates’ Court in Ogun on Thursday remanded seven men in a correctional centre, for allegedly robbing church members of their properties and kidnapping one person during church service.
The defendants, Mohamodu Sanni, 24, Abdul Salad, 28, Abdulraman Musa, 38, Abubakar Ibrahim, 39, Umar Aliu, 30, Suleiman Yusuf, 30, and Ismaila Yusuf, 20, are facing three counts of conspiracy, armed robbery, and kidnapping.
The police prosecutor, Sgt. Adekunle Opayemi, told the court that the defendants committed the offence on Nov. 26, at about 10:45pm at Christ Apostolic Church, Gudugba village, near Wasimi in Ogun.
Opayemi said that the accused persons conspired with others at large, while armed with weapons, to rob church members who were holding a vigil.
He also said that the defendants kidnapped one of the church members, Mrs Atolagbe Mojisola, 48, and prevented anyone from having access to her.
The police prosecutor said that the gang also robbed Evangelist Obisesan Seye, Mrs Oyere Temitope, Pastor Sanyaolu Zacheus and Mrs Atolagbe Mojisola, of their phones and N36,000 cash.
He said that the offence contravened Sections 6(b) and 2(b) of the Robbery and Firearms Act Cap Rll Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and Section 23 (2), 24(2) and 451 of the Criminal Code Vol. 1, Laws of Ogun State, 2006.
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Magistrate, Mr B. A Somorin, however, remanded the defendants in a correctional service centre, pending the reception of a legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions.
He adjourned the case until Feb. 2, 2021.