The accused used the official pistol issued to him by the police for the crime.
A policeman in Ilorin, Kwara State, Salami Adesina, who allegedly conspired with three other people to commit armed robbery has been remanded in prison.
An Ilorin Magistrates’ Court on Thursday ordered Mr. Adesina to be remanded in prison along with his three collaborators.
Mr. Adesina, whom the police stationed to Stanbic Bank on Unity Road in Ilorin was issued with a service browning pistol with 10 rounds of live ammunitions for official use.
The policeman decided to use the pistol for criminal activities, the police said. He is alleged to have conspired with three commercial motorcyclists-Raman Musa, Emmanuel Ogbonaya and Abolarin Sunday- to rob his victims of N20 thousand cash and one Nokia cell phone at gun point.
He was arraigned on a two-count charge of conspiracy and armed robbery, which the prosecution said contravened Section 97 of the Penal Code and Section 1(2) of the Armed Robbery and Firearms Act.
According to the charge sheet, the policeman, a corporal serving with Police ‘A’ Division, Ilorin, introduced himself to three people as a police officer. He arrested them without any reason.
The charge sheet stated that Mr. Adesina handcuffed two of his victims with the assistance of the three suspects and took the three victims on motorcycles to a secluded spot around Flower Garden area of the metropolis.
The victims were disposed of the money and handset at gun point.
The police prosecutor, Chris Koregee, told the court that investigation into the case was on-ongoing and urged the court to remand the accused in prison.
In her ruling, the magistrate, Bola Mohammed, ordered the remand of all the accused in a Federal Prison Yard, Ilorin and adjourned the case to October 24 for further mention.
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