Police arraign two over alleged murder of Taxify driver

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Two men, Ikechukwu Ozurumba and Chima Chukwuemeka, were on Thursday docked before an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos over the alleged murder of a Taxify taxi driver.

Mr Ozurumba, 28, and Chukwuemeka, 34, were also charged with the theft of the taxi driver’s car valued at N1.5 million.

They are facing a five-count charge bordering on murder, theft and accessory after the fact, preferred against them by the Federal Special Anti-Robbery squad.

The prosecutor, A.O Fadipe, told the court that the duo committed the offences on December 26, 2018, at 6.15 p.m. at Festa and Okokomaiko areas of Lagos.

He said that the first defendant conspired with one Kelechi (a.k.a Sunshine) still at large, and killed one Olufemi Ebenezer, Taxify driver, by hitting him with some tools which resulted to his death.

Mr Fadipe said after killing the victim, the defendant dumped his body at Jimoh Street, Okokomaiko, Lagos.

According to the prosecutor, the defendant also made away with the victim’s Toyota Camry car marked SMK-980 FM, valued at N1.5 million.

He said that the second defendant, Chukwuemeka, “with the knowledge that the first defendant committed an offence, gave him shelter to prevent his arrest by the police.”

The offences contravened Sections 1 (2) (b), 6 (b), of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act, Laws of the Federation, 2004.

Also Section 233 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The plea of the first defendant, Ozurumba, was not taken but the second defendant, Chukwuemeka, pleaded not guilty to the charge of accessory after the fact.

Counsel to the defendants, Francis Agaoro, urged the court to admit the second defendant to bail, adding that the charge against the second defendant “is a bailable offence.”

The prosecutor, however, urged the court to remand both defendants.

He opposed the bail application made in respect of the second defendant, adding that he was charged under robbery and firearms law which was under the jurisdiction of the high court.

Magistrate O. O. Oshin remanded the first defendant in prison pending the outcome of the Director of Public Prosecution’s legal advice.

She granted the second defendant bail in the sum of N250, 000 in like sum and adjourned the case until May 28, for mention. (NAN)

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