A 39-year-old man, Charles Inibu, has been brought before a Lagos Magistrate Court in Yaba, Lagos State, for allegedly disguising himself as a commercial driver to rob unsuspecting passengers of their valuables in the Victoria Island area of the state.

The defendant was charged before Chief Magistrate PE Nwaka, on two counts bordering on conspiracy to commit robbery and robbery.

The prosecution, led by Sgt. Juliana, said Inibu was posing as a commercial bus driver at the time of the incident on Victoria Island in Lagos to lure passengers to his bus.

However, Inibu and others who were still at large deprived the victims of their belongings.

The indictment read, in part: “That you, Charles Inibu, and others in general, now, from July 31, 2022 to August 8, 2022, in Victoria Island, Lagos, in the Lagos Magistrate District, colluded to commit a crime namely robbery.

“That you, Charles Inibu, and others still roaming free, within the same date and place in the aforementioned magisterial district, pretended to be real commercial bus drivers, and as a result you robbed innocent passengers of their belongings.”

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The prosecution alleged that Inibu and his fleeing accomplices robbed nine passengers of their phones, adding that the total value of the stolen goods was N1,231,000.

The crimes are said to be punishable under sections 299 and 297(1) of the Lagos State Penal Code, 2015.

The court did not consider the defendant’s claim.

Chief Magistrate Nwaka adjourned the matter until September 22 for mention.

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