A female law graduate from the University of Lagos (UNILAG) has been remanded in prison custody along with six other members of her gang by Magistrate A.O. Komolafe of the Magistrates’ Court, Ikeja for alleged robbery.
The female law graduate identified as Chioma Ezekwesiri, 35, allegedly led a seven-man robbery gang to rob a man lodged in Bolatito Hotel, located around Kola Bus Stop in Ijaiye area of Lagos.
Other suspected members of the gang arrested by the police are Amadi Igwe, 41, Raymond Chukwuka, 24, Ignatius Okeredi, 27, Michael Madu, 52, and Okechukwu Jerome, 28, and a yet-to-be identified member now on the run.
They were charged with robbery, conspiracy and unlawful possession of firearms. The police said it was after conclusion of investigation on the case by its officers that they took them to court.
According to police, “We received a distress call from a staff of Bolatito Hotel, who said they suspected some people around the hotel.
The Special Anti-Robbery Squad moved in, surrounded the place and demanded to search everybody.
“It was in the process that two guns and 12 live ammunition were recovered in Chioma’s car. This led to the arrest of all her gang members,”
Speaking with journalists Chioma said it was not a robbery matter, adding that she merely arranged for the guns with one Raymond Chukwuka, also known as Stubborn, which they were to use for the operation on a land tussle.
Chioma said she graduated from UNILAG in 1999 and was called to the Bar in 2000, and owns a non-governmental organisation, Youth of All Nations Empowerment Association.
In a reaction, a top official of the University debunked her claims s, saying she has to quote her matriculation number to prove that she graduated from that Institution.
The chairman of Youth of All Nations Empowerment Association, Mr. J.E. Joshua, said Chioma is not the founder of the association, adding that she only participated in a charity programme with them.