Court remands two men for robbing BDC operator of $80,000

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A Magistrate’s Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos on Thursday remanded two men, Monday Okoh, 50, and Johnbull Friday, 35 for allegedly killing a Bureau De Change (BDC) operator, Victor Thorpe, after robbing him of $80,000.

The accused, whose residential addresses were not disclosed, are facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, robbery and manslaughter.

The chief magistrate, A.A. Fashola, who did not take the pleas of the accused, said the duo should be kept behind bars pending the advice of the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Fashola adjourned the case until November 26 for DPP’s advice.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Michael Unah, had told the court that the accused who armed themselves with a locally made pistol and other dangerous weapons, had robbed the late victim of $80,000 on July 27 around 12.40 p.m. at Bonny Camp Roundabout, Victoria Island, Lagos.

He said the accused who rode on a motorcycle, blocked the commercial bus which the deceased boarded, went inside, snatched the bag containing money and shot him in the chest.

He said the deceased had dropped his car for fear of being trailed, not knowing that the accused were already monitoring him.

“Thorpe was the only one killed in the bus,” said Unah.

He said offences contravene Sections 222, 297 (2) and 299 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

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