Three men, Chidi Duru (35), Chimezie Uzoma (29) and Ebere Eze (34) have been charged before an Ojo Magistrate’s Court in Lagos, for allegedly administering a substance that caused two passengers in their vehicle to be unconscious, before dispossessing them of their valuables.
All three of them, residents of Okokomaiko in Ojo, Lagos, are facing a four-count charge of conspiracy, drugging, abduction and stealing. The prosecutor of the case, ASP Friday Eze, told the court that the defendants on August 6 on Lagos-Badagry Expressway, posed as driver and passengers in a vehicle. They had carried two other unsuspecting passengers, Andrew Augustine, a soldier and a lady, Adewunmi Adesina, in a Volkswagen Passat car with number-plate PV 480 AKD, which was going to Seme, Badagry.
On the way, one of the defendants beckoned on a hawker selling pure water, who came promptly. The prosecutor continued that one of the defendants gave the seller a N50 note, who then told him that there was no change. This prompted another of the defendants to suggest buying more water with the balance and offering them to the two other unsuspecting passengers.
The complainants, who accepted the water, soon dozed off in the vehicle and were driven to an unknown destination, where they were dispossessed of their valuables. Meanwhile, the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge.