Two middle-aged men, Kainabi Nkabu and Kingsley Eze, have been remanded in prison custody by a Port Harcourt Magistrate Count for alleged robbery and other criminal offences.
The accused persons, Kainabi Nkabu, 26, and Kingsley Eze, 21 were arraigned on four court charge bordering on robbery, posession of fire arms, stealing and participation in secret cult activities before a Port Harcourt magistrate court? Resided over by C.J. Oreh.
The accused persons and others now at large were said to have belong to a gang of notorious criminals that specialized in robbering people their personal effects around the Eleme junction along Port Harcourt Aba express road.
The prosecuting police officer, Sergeant Aaron Nsirem told the court that the accused persons and others now at large on the 28/05/2012 at the back of Asaba Aluminum company Eleme Junction in the Port Harcourt Magisterial District did conspired among themselves to commit felony to witt armed robbery.
The police prosecutor also alleged that the accused person on the same date and place armed with guns robbed one Okechukwu Emeh his two Nokia handsets valued at N24,000,one Gold Neckless valued N25,000 all amounting to N49,000, as well as, robbing one Dennis Nwaobasi Nokia handset valued N4,000, wrist watch valued at N3,500 and physical cash of two hundred and thirty five thousand naira (N235,000) all totaling N242,500.
The prosecution further alleged that the accused persons also participated in secret cult group known and called deygbam thereby committed an offence punishable under section (6) 1 (2) (a) (b) of the robbery and fire arms (special provision act) Act Cap R11 laws the federation of Nigeria 2004 and section 10 (1) of the secret cult and similar activities prohibition laws of No.6 of Rivers State 2004.
The prosecutor, Sergeant Aaron Nsirem objected to the bail application sought by the counsel to the accused persons on the ground that the court lacks the jurisdiction to grant them bail and also to hear the matter because of the degree of the offences committed by the accused persons.
Ruling on the matter, the presiding magistrate C.J. Oreh while remanding the accused persons in prison custody said the court lacks, the jurisdiction to hear the matter and to grant the accused persons bail based on the gravity of the offence before the court. She ordered that the case file of the accused persons be forwarded to the Department of Public Prosecution (DPP) for legal advice on the matter.
The case was later adjourned to August 19, 2012 for DPP’s advice.