A Gudu Upper Area Court, Abuja on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 arraigned a 37-year-old member of the Nigerian Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) identified as Samuel Uromi for robbing a commercial cab driver Jonah Agocha.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the three-count charge of mischief, extortion and stealing brought against him in court.
The prosecutor, Mr Urom Out, told the court that the accused committed the offences on Friday, December 11, 2015 at Area 1 Roundabout, Abuja.
According to Out, the complainant reported the case against the accused at the Garki Police Station after the accused extorted money from him and robbed him of his belongings.
Out said: “The accused claims to be a member of the NURTW. He forcefully collected the car keys of the complainant and ran away with it to an unknown destination.
“The accused later returned to steal the car and N7, 200 inside it as well as damage the passenger side of the car while trying to escape.”
Out further disclosed that after his arrest, “investigations revealed that Urom is a habitual criminal.
“He has been known to use his relationship with the NURTW to extort money from the public,’’ the prosecutor added.
He noted that the accused contravened Sections 287,327 and 292 of the Penal Code Law. The Judge, Alhaji Umar Kagarko, however, granted him bail in the sum of N200,000, with a reliable surety, who must either be a civil servant or a public servant on Grade Level 14 and whose particulars must be verified by the prosecutor.
The case was subsequently adjourned until Tuesday, February 9, 2016, for further hearing.