The Bayelsa State Police Command has arraigned 15 persons before the High Court sitting in Yenagoa, over an alleged plot to kill former First Lady of Nigeria, Patience Jonathan and to rob her of items worth several billions of naira.
It was earlier reported that the police commenced investigations into the looting of valuables including jewelries worth over N.3 billion belonging to former President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife by his domestic workers and some relatives.
Following the investigation of the crime which allegedly happened in June, 15 people were arrested and charged with 17-count 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.
Those arraigned include Golden Vivian, 40; Erama Deborah, 45yrs; Precious Kingsley, 20yrs; Vincent Olabiyi, 28; Ebuka Cosmos, 25; Williams Alamo, 29; Tamunokuro Abaku, 32 and Boma Oba, 42.
Others include Emmanuel Aginwa, 42; Emeka Benson,33; Tamunosiki Achese Frisberesima, 30; Wariboko Salome, 28; Sahabi Lima, 35; Reginald Sunday, 20; and John Dashe, 39.
But when the charge sheet signed by S. A. Ofoegbu, the Officer in Charge of the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yenagoa, was read before them, the suspects all pleaded not guilty to the offences.
“All the accused and some at large sometime in June, 2019 at Otuoke community under Ogbia Local Government Area did conspire to kill former First Lady of Nigeria, Patience Jonathan, thereby committing an offence.
“On the same date and place, the suspects did steal seven gold bangles and jewelry, five Samsung air conditioners, two sets of upholstery chairs, six Samsung television stands valued over N.3bn, the charge sheet read.
It was alleged that one of the suspects, who is a management staff of Aridolf Resort, Hotel and Spa owned by Mrs. Jonathan, had duplicated keys to the rooms where the valuables were kept and masterminded the looting of the items.