Nigeria: Hotelier arraigned over Offa robbery
The proprietor of Xontec Hotel, Igosun road, in Offa local government area of the Kwara State of Nigeria, Kadir Surajudeen, and members of his staff were on Wednesday arraigned before a Magistrate court presiding over by Magistrate M.B. Folorunso in respect of a deadly bank robbery that happened in the state.
Court documents revealed, the proprietor and his four staff, accountant, receptionist, room keeper and clubhouse operator were arraigned for failing to give police credible information on the gunmen who attacked some banks in the area on April 5 in Offa, contrary to sections 97 and 167 of the penal code law.
The armed robbers who robbed five banks and killed scores of people, including policemen were said to have stayed in the proprietor hotel before going for the operation.
The suspects were arraigned on two counts of criminal conspiracy and causing disappearance of evidence, including giving false information to screen an offender.
Polic report has it that: “On April 6, a team of operatives on investigation into the armed robbery attack extended their investigation based on intelligence gathering to the hotel on Igosun Road in Offa with a view to securing information that could assist discreet investigation into the crime.
“The hotel staff could not, however, satisfactorily give account of questionable lodgers in their hotel prior to the robbery by their failure to maintain or keep proper official lodger register expected to be presented to the police and other law enforcement agencies on demand.
“Others found in the hotel during the investigation failed to give credible information to the police operatives to assist in the investigation concerning their observation in the hotel within the period in question”.
Magistrate Folorunso granted the accused person bail in the sum of N200,000 each with two sureties each in like sum and adjourned the case till May 3 for mention.