Written by Austine ELEMUE

4 persons remanded for ‘extorting’ cancer patients in Abuja

For allegedly extorting cancer patients and engaging in human trafficking and other related activities in the FCT, four persons were last week arraigned at the Upper Area Court, Mpape, Abuja, as they were remanded in prison. 

The suspects simply identified as Princess, Victor, Francis and Makinde were arraigned on a three-count charge of criminal conspiracy, cheating and extortion of cancer patients and vulnerable people brought into the FCT. 

According to the Police First Information Report, FIR, the three accused were apprehended on May 18, 2019 in Kubwa for allegedly assembling cancer patients and taking them round the FCT, soliciting for funds. 

 

It added that the suspects acted dishonestly by converting the funds realised on behalf of the sick persons for their personal benefits. 

After the case was mentioned before the presiding judge, Hassan Muhammad, the accused persons entered no guilty pleas. 

Consequently, following the no guilty plea by the accused, the prosecution counsel, Barr. Donatus Abah, made an application to the court, for them to be remanded in prison pending hearing. 

As expected, the defense lawyer, Pius Onigah, orally applied for bail to be granted to the accused persons, as the offences are bailable in nature. 

After a strong objection to the bail application, the trial judge ordered that accused persons be remanded in Keffi prison, and adjourned the matter till May 29 for hearing on the bail application. 

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