A Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court has ordered the remand of five suspects at the Kuje Correctional Centre in connection with the failed robbery attack on a commercial bank in Abuja.
The suspects — Ehizo Larry, Princewill Obinna, Elijah David, Timothy Joe, and Ernest Ewin — were arraigned before Justice Ajoke Adepoju, seven weeks after they were alleged to have committed the crime at the Mpape area of Abuja in December 2019.
The suspects were arraigned by the FCT Police Command on Friday and are charged with five counts bordering on conspiracy to commit armed robbery, robbery and illicit possession of firearms.
When the charges were read to them, all the suspects pleaded not guilty.
Upon taking their plea, the lead prosecution counsel, James Idachaba, made an oral application for the court to give both parties a week for the commencement of the trial.
He informed the court that the police were ready to present seven witnesses to testify in the case.
“Our case is very easy because the defendants were caught in the act,” he said.
David Ochimana, who is the counsel to the first defendant and the alleged mastermind of the robbery, Larry Ehizo, aligned himself with the application of the prosecution counsel.
Idachaba also told the court that the police would contact the legal aid council to get lawyers to defend some of the defendants who do not have legal representation.
Justice Adepoju fixed March 13 for trial and ordered that the suspects be remanded at the Kuje Correctional Centre.