The police on Tuesday has arraigned two alleged serial armed robbers, who on February 22, 2020, broke into the Ikoyi home of a Lagos judge, carting away $1,000, N250,000, four wristwatches, a 50-inch LG television, two shirts and two pairs of shoes.
The accused, Friday Eze and Anuoluwa Adeware – alongside their alleged accomplices, Rasaq Bolaji and Beatrice Elom, were arraigned on 15 counts before the Federal High Court in Lagos.
According to the charge by the police, Eze and Adewale, alongside one Monday Uvi and others still at large, invaded the judge’s home armed with a berretta pistol, a cutlass and a cudgel and dispossessed him of his belongings.
Apart from the judge, the gang also in different operations robbed one Mr and Mrs Odunlami, one Montego Oil Company, one Dr Matthias Kelvin and Olukemi Kelvin and one Damilola Akinwale.
They were said to have invaded the home of the Odunlamis at Parkview Estate, Ikoyi, on January 14, 2020, dispossessing the couple, at gunpoint, of two Samsung phones, one LG phone, two wristwatches, all valued at N1.5m, gold jewellery, valued at N60m; and cash sums of £680,000, $50,000 and N306,000.
In another operation on January 27, 2020, the gang broke into the office of Montego Oil Company in lkoyi, making away with a Levono Think pad laptop, valued at N589,000; one HP laptop, valued at N128,000; and one TB external drive, worth N15,000.
Also, on March 6, 2020, they invaded the home of Dr Matthias Kelvin in Ikoyi, robbing him of two iPhones, one iPad, two Infinix mobile phones, one HP probook laptop, two laptop chargers and a Boss wristwatch, while Olukemi Kelvin was robbed of one iPhone, worth N400,000; one Infinix mobile phone, valued at N50,000, one iPhone 8, valued at N800,000, one iPad mini 2018, valued at N400,000; a Samsung sound system, valued at N1m; as well as jewellery, wristwatch and necklace, valued at N900,000.
The police, in the charge sheet, alleged that 34-year-old Eze and 35-year-old Adeware carried out the robbery operations on the counsel of the third defendant, 50-year-old Bolaji, who conveyed them in a green colour Honda Accord to the sites of the operations and back to their different houses.
The fourth defendant, 55-year-old Beatrice Elom, was accused of receiving N2.4m “being proceeds from armed robbery operations” from Eze, “a person you know or have reason to know that he does not have means.”
The prosecution said defendants acted contrary to and were liable to punishment under Section 1(2)(a) and (b) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provision) Act Cap R11 Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004.