Friday, May 7

15 In Court For Stealing And Plotting To Kill Patience Jonathan

The police in Bayelsa have arraigned 15 persons for stealing from former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, and allegedly plotting to kill her.

The suspects were arraigned before the Bayelsa State High Court sitting in Yenagoa, on Friday, September 20.

Recall that the police had in June arrested some persons for breaking into her Otuoke home, carting away jewelries and other valuables worth N3bn.

They were said to have stolen seven gold bangles and jewelries, five Samsung air conditioners, two sets of upholstery chairs, and six Samsung flat screen television stands.

Those arraigned include Golden Vivian (40yrs), Erama Deborah (45yrs), Precious Kingsley (20yrs), Vincent Olabiyi (28yrs), Ebuka Cosmos (25yrs), Williams Alamo (29yrs), Tamunokuro Abaku (32yrs) and Boma Oba (42yrs).

Others were Emmanuel Aginwa (42yrs), Emeka Benson (33yrs), Tamunosiki Achese Frisberesima (30yrs), Wariboko Salome (28yrs), Sahabi Lima (35yrs), Reginald Sunday (20yrs) and John Dashe (39yrs).

A 17 count charge of conspiracy to commit murder, felony with armed robbery, malicious injury to property, stealing and burglary were preferred against the suspects on Friday.

They all pleaded not guilty to all the charges preferred against them.

But one of the suspects, who is a staff of an hotel owned by the former First Lady, confessed to have duplicated the keys to the rooms where the valuables were kept.

The presiding judge, thereafter, adjourned trial to a later date, and asked that the suspects be remanded in prison.

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