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Court remands pastor for snatching cars at gunpoint

A district pastor of a church in Ilorin,the
Kwara State capital,has been remanded by a Lagos Magistrate’s Court sitting in Ikeja.
The 37-year-old pastor, Adebambo Adetunji, was
alleged to be one of the gang members, who
robbed motorists at the Ojota Bus stop, between
April and July, 2014.
PUNCH Metro learnt that Adetunji and other
suspects, who were still on the run, were
notorious for snatching cars and robbing victims
of their valuables at gun point.
Our correspondent gathered that a Toyota Camry
and a Mercedes Benz ML320 with number plates
MUS 413 BH and LND 623 BF respectively, were
diverted by the suspected robbers, who were said
to have also used cutlasses in their operations.
While the Mercedes Benz car was said to be the
property of one Boniface Joseph, who was
robbed around 10.30pm on April 30, at the bus
stop, one Oluwatoyin Badmus, was reportedly
robbed of her Toyota Camry around 6pm on July
6 at the same spot.
The police said Joseph also lost two phones and
an IPad to the robbers, adding that valuables lost
by the duo were worth N4.5m.
It was learnt that Adetunji was arrested by men of
the Special Anti-Robbery Squad led by SP Abba
Kyari after Badmus had reported the attack to the
police.
The prosecutor, Inspector Nurudeen Thomas, on
Thursday, brought the suspect, who hails from
Osun State, before the Magistrate, Mrs. M.O.
Oshodi, on three counts bordering on armed
robbery.
Oshodi, who was holding brief for Mrs. Dan Oni,
refused to listen to the defendant’s plea and
ordered that he be remanded pending the time
the Directorate of Public Prosecutions would
issue legal advice on the matter.
The charges read in part, “That you, Adebambo
Adetunji and others now at large, on April 30,
2014 at about 10.30pm at Ojota Bus stop in the
Lagos Magisterial District while armed with guns
and cutlasses did rob one Mercedes Benz Jeep
ML320 with registration number LND 623 BF
valued N1, 850,000, IPad valued N80,000,
Blackberry Bold 5 valued N30,000, Nokia E5
valued N26,000 and cash sum of N250,000 total
value N2,236,000 property of one Boniface
Joseph.
“That you, and others now at large on July 6, 2014
at about 5.30pm at Ojota Bus stop in the
aforementioned magisterial district did conspire
among yourselves to commit felony to wit; armed
robbery.
“That you and others now at large on the same
date, time and place in the aforesaid magisterial
district while armed with guns and cutlasses did
rob one Toyota Camry 2008 model with
registration number MUS 413 BH valued N2.3m
property of one Oluwatoyin Badmus.”
It was said that the offences contravened Section
5 (b) and were punishable under Section 1 (2) (a)
(b) of the Robbery and Firearms Act, Cap. 398, Vol.
XXII, Law of the Federation of Nigeria, 1990 and
2003 as amended.
Adetunji, who was clad in Ankara, burst into tears
on hearing the charges.
The case was adjourned till December 3, 2014.

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