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Hoodlums attack Lagos mining firm, steal N5.2m

Afeez Hanafi

Some hoodlums allegedly working for a chief in the Ibeju Lekki area of Lagos State have been accused of disrupting commercial activities at a sand mining firm in the Idi Orogbo area of the community.

The assailants reportedly carted away N5,230,000, inflicted injuries on some of the workers and dispossessed them of their belongings.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the attackers stormed the company’s premises around 11am, on April 17, 2017 in two Jeeps, wielding guns and cutlasses.

They were said to have shot into the air and headed for an office where the firm’s accountant, Adebisi Showunmi, was and snatched a bag reportedly containing the sum from her.

Our correspondent learnt that the hoodlums chased other workers and inflicted injuries on one Samson Saka.

It was gathered that the owner of the firm, Ola Williams, reported the case at the Area J Command in Ajah and two siblings – Nosiru Idris and Saheed Idris – were arrested by the police.

The accountant told the police that she had initially declined to release the bag, but was left with no other option after the gang threatened to kill her.

She said, “On that day, around 10.50am, a customer paid us N5,230,000 for supply of sand and I kept it in the bag.

“At about 11.30am, one man who is a chief in Ibeju Lekki came to our site with some hoodlums in two Jeeps. They came straight to where I was sitting and snatched the bag from me. They also collected my phone and my brother’s wristwatch.  They went after other workers and collected their belongings.”

One of the injured workers, Saka, said he saw the gang snatching the bag from the accountant, but did not know the amount in it.

However, the two suspects– Nosiru Idris and Saheed Idris– denied their involvement in the attack.

Nosiru said he was around his family’s land on that day to supervise a surveyor working on it.

He said, “I am a businessman. On April 17, at about 12pm, I was with my family members at Idi Orogbo village, where the family had engaged a surveyor to survey our family land.

“Suddenly, I saw a van belonging to Highway Patrol and some people were there. I was told that some people beat one of the chief’s boys. I was told the boys were working on a piece of land and that one of them was injured.

“On the same day, I learnt  that some people had come to take the picture of my car on our family land, where I parked it. I was advised to report the act to the police, which I did. I didn’t witness any fight and my car was not parked at the scene of the fight.”

His brother, Saheed, who said he was with Nosiru on the family’s land that day, said he was shocked when he learnt about his arrest.

He said, “When I went to Area J to check my brother, a woman, who claimed to be a miner licensed by the state government, said I was among those that attacked her workers.”

The two suspects were arraigned in a Tinubu Magistrate’s Court on 10 counts bordering on stealing and conduct likely to cause a breach of the peace.

The charges partly read, “That you, Nosiru Idris, 46, and Saheed Idris, 37, and others at large, on April 17, 2017, at Idiorogbo town, Ibeju Lekki, within the Lagos State Magisterial District, did conspire among yourselves and obstruct one Ola Williams to freely carry out her mining work, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 413 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.

“That you, and others at large, on the same date, time and place, in the aforementioned magisterial district, did steal a hand bag valued at N35,000, containing the sum of N5,230,000, plastic chairs and table valued at N150,000, a wristwatch and a mobile phone, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 280 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.”

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges and were granted bail by a presiding magistrate, Mr. L.O. Kazeem, in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties each in like sum.

The case was adjourned till May 17, 2017 for trial.

-Punch

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