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Offa robbery suspects appear in court, plead not guilty

The Suspected armed robbers allegedly involved in the April 5, deadly bank robbery in Offa town has been arraigned before the Kwara High Court sitting in Ilorin.

Those arraigned were Ayoade Akinnibosun, Ibikunle Ogunleye, Adeola Abraham, Salaudeen Azeez and Niyi Ogundiran.

The accused however pleaded not guilty to Criminal conspiracy, armed robbery, illegal firearms, culpable homicide preferred against them by the police.

The police charged them with five counts of Criminal conspiracy, armed robbery, illegal firearms, and culpable homicide and armed with dangerous explosive which contravened the provisions of sections 6 (b) 1(2), of the armed robbery and firearms act and 97, 221 of Penal Code Law.

Earlier the court had struck out name of the first accused person, Michael Adikwu, said to have died in police custody, from the case after the prosecution, and the state Attorney-General, Kamaldeen Ajibade, filed an application to amend the charge.

The trail judge, Halima Salman, after listening to all arguments, adjourned the matter until Jan. 7, to enable the parties to put their houses in order.

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