Ex-Nigerian First Lady, Mrs Patience Jonathan,

By Sampson Boroh

The Bayelsa State Police Command has arraigned 15 persons in connection with the alleged attempt to kill the former Nigerian lady, Dame Patience Jonathan.

The suspects who were arraigned before Bayelsa State High Court sitting in Yenagoa, the state capital, are also being accused of stealing properties and jewelries worth over N200 million naira from the former first lady.

A 17 count-charge of conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit Felony with armed robbery, malicious injury to property, conspiracy to commit a felony with stealing and burglary were preffered against the accused.

They were said to have committed the crime June,2019 at Otuoke community in Ogbia Local Government of the state.

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Suspects arraigned before the court are; Golden Vivian (40 years), Erama Deborah(45yrs),Precious Kingsley (20yrs), Vincent Olabiyi (28yrs),Ebuka Cosmos (,25yrs), Williams Alamo (29yrs),Tamunokuro Abaku (,32yrs) and Boma Oba (42yrs).

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Others are Emmanuel Aginwa(42yrs), Emeka Benson (33yrs), Tamunosiki Achese Frisberesima (30yrs), Wariboko Salome (28yrs), Sahabi Lima (35yrs),Reginald Sunday(20yrs) and John Dashe(39yrs).

A copy of the charge sheet obtained by WARRI TODAY on Friday was signed by S. A. Ofoegbu Esq. O.C. Legal State Criminal Investigation Department, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

All the accused pleaded not guilty to the allegations against them.

Defending the accused persons are Stanley Damabide, Padiowei P.P. Tamuno, E. Samuel, Chuks Momoh.

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According to the charge sheet, the offences are punishable under section 252 of the Criminal code law cap.C14 laws of the state.

It read, “All the accused and some at large, sometime in the month of June,2019 at Otuoke community in Ogbia local government within the Ogbia Judicial Division of the state high court did conspire to kill her Excellency, Dame Patience Jonathan, former first lady ,thereby  committed an offence.

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“That you and some other persons at large, on the same date and place aforementioned Judicial division of Bayelsa did steal seven gold bangles and jewelries, five Samsung Air Conditioner,Two sets of upholstery chairs,six Samsung flat screen television stands at two hundred Million naira (N200,000,000).These are property of Dame Patience Jonathan  and there by committed an offence.”

It would be recalled that operatives of the Operation Puff Adder of the State Police Command had in June arrested some persons over alleged involvement in the illegal entry into his home in Otuoke community in Ogbia local Government area, carting away jewelries, custom made walking stick and other valuables worth over N200 million.


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