Court remands five suspects for alleged attempt to rob Gov Dickson
A Sagbama High Court in Yenagoa, Bayelsa, on Thursday remanded five suspects who allegedly attempted to rob Governor Seriake Dickson in his country home at Toru Orua.
The accused, Esther Engbeke, Tamnatony Jacob, Wodu Ebikebomu (an engineer), Emmanuel Dorgu and Sinclair Thursday are being tried for alleged conspiracy to commit armed robbery.
Justice E.T. Okara ordered their remand in prison after they had denied the charges, and adjourned the case till December 6 for hearing.
The Prosecutor, Mr. Ayebatonye Jumbo, had told the court that the accused conspired to procure arms with the intent to invade Dickson’s country home at Toru Orua in Sagbama Local Government Area.
Jumbo alleged that one of the accused, a construction worker at Dickson’s residence, had discovered a room stuffed with cash.
“This was after their initial plan to approach the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, under the whistle blower policy, to get commission had failed,” the senior state council said.
The prosecutor said that the offence contravened the Robbery and Firearms Act of 2004.
The prosecution witness, Inspector Richman Ebipade, told the court that the accused had, during investigation, confessed to procuring arms for the proposed operation.
However, Ebipade, under cross examination by the defence counsel, Mr. Julious Iyekoroghe, told the court that his investigative team did not recover the said arms from the accused.