An Akure Chief Magistrate's Court on Thursday ordered that the son of a commissioner in Ondo State, Odunayo Omodara and one Solagbade Adetope be remanded in prison custody for alleged robbery.
The accused persons were arraigned before Chief Magistrate Johnson Adelegan on a four-count charge of conspiracy and robbery contrary to and punishable under the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act Cap R II Laws of the Federation 2004.
Mr Omodara, 21, and Adetope, 22, who are students of a tertiary institution in the state were accused of committing the crime on July 5, at Plot 20, Block A, GRA, Ilesha Road, Akure.
The two of them were alleged to have armed themselves with a cutlass, knife, mask and dangerous weapons to rob one Falodun Isreal Ajayi of his Compaq laptop valued at ₦95,000 and one bottle of perfume valued at ₦4,250.
They were also accused of robbing one Joseph Olatunde Borode, a professor, of his Nokia handset valued at ₦5,000 and one Diamond perfume valued at ₦12,000 while armed.
Messrs Omodara and Adetope were also alleged to have robbed E.O. Aiyewalehinmi on the same date, time and place of his wrist watch valued at ₦35,000.
The offences, according to police prosecutor, Zakari Ibrahim were contrary to and punishable under the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act Cap R II laws of the Federation 2004.
Their plea was not taken, but the accused persons told the court that they understood the charges when they were read to them.
Mr Ibrahim urged the court to remand the accused persons in prison custody to enable the Investigating Police Officer (IPO) send a copy of the case file to the Ministry of Justice for legal advice.
In his ruling, Mr Adelegan ordered that the two accused persons be remanded in prison custody till September 2, when the case would come up for hearing.
He also ordered the IPO in the case to immediately make a duplicate copy of the case file and forward same to the Directorate of Public Prosecution in the Ministry of Justice for legal advice.