Two suspected commercial bus robbers, Sunday Oghenero and Daniel Johnson, popularly referred to as One Chance robbers were arraigned before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court for dispossessing passengers of money and valuables worth thousands of naira.
Ogenero, 24, lives in Agausa area of Ajegunle in Apapa, while Johnson, 22, resides at Okoafo area of Badagry. Both are standing trial on a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing to which they have pleaded not guilty.
Police Prosecutor Benson Emuerhi, told the court that Oghenero and Johnson committed the offences on February 28 along Apapa Expressway at 7.30 p.m.
Their accomplices remain at large. Emuerhi said both men stole one Techno phone valued at N36,000, N34,000 cash and other valuables from one Tunde Mustapha while he was returning home from work.
He had boarded the bus on his way back home, unaware of the fact that the other passengers in the bus were robbers and they belong to the same syndicate. They eventually robbed him of his valuables, but unfortunately for them, they were arrested by members of the public as the victim raised an alarm.
“The complainant, after the close of work, boarded a commercial bus heading towards Mile 2 area of Lagos, unknown to him that other occupants of the bus were robbers. The duo dispossessed him of the items but were caught by some passersby, who handed them over to the police,” Emuerhi said.
The suspects faces a three-year jail term each for stealing if found guilty. The Magistrate, Mrs O. Sule-Amzat, granted them N50,000 bail each, with two sureties each in like sum. The case was adjourned until July 5.
One of the suspects, upon interrogation by reporters at the court however denied getting involved in the robbery. According to him, he was just a passenger too on the bus and was surprised he was being arrested with other members of the robbery gang.