- The proprietor of Xontec Hotel in Offa local government area of Kwara state, Kadir Surajudeen, has been arraigned before a magistrate's court in the state
- He was arraigned for failing to give police credible information on the armed robbers who attacked some banks in the area
- Four guests who stayed in the hotel at the time the gunmen allegedly lodged in it, were also arraigned
The magistrate's court in Ilorin, Kwara state, has arraigned the proprietor of Xontec Hotel on Igosun road, in Offa local government area of the state, Kadir Surajudeen, and members of his staff.
They were arraigned for failing to give police credible information on the gunmen who attacked some banks in the area on April 5, Punch reports.
NAIJ.com notes that others that were arraigned included four guests who stayed in the hotel at the time the gunmen allegedly lodged in it.
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The armed robbers who robbed five banks and killed scores of people, were alleged to have stayed in the hotel before going for the operation.
It was learnt on Wednesday that the hotelier and his staff were arraigned on two counts of criminal conspiracy and causing disappearance of evidence, including giving false information to screen an offender.
The staff members of the hotel arraigned with the proprietor included the accountant, receptionist, room keeper and clubhouse operator.
The First Information Report stated that the offences contravened sections 97 and 167 of the penal code law.
The report said: “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.”
The accused were granted bail in the sum of N200,000 each with two sureties each in like sum. The magistrate, MB Folorunso, adjourned the case till May 3 for mention.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Nigerian police on Friday, Apri 13, revealed the identities of 12 suspects who were arrested for alleged connection to brutal robbery in Offa, Kwara state.
The bandits had stormed the community on April 5, killing 17 people and raiding five banks in the process. Eight police officers at Owode Division, Offa, were also killed in the attack, and the robbers made away with police arms and ammunition.
The police arrested seven suspects within the first two days of the attack, and made more arrests on later dates.
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