Security was tight at the Monrovia City Court yesterday when six alleged notorious armed robbers, who were arrested by officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) on Sunday, July 22, were arraigned in court for the first time to hear their multiple charges that include armed robbery and criminal conspiracy.
The alleged robbers were identified as Prince Kamara, William Smith, Kesselee Mulbah, Samson Willie, Kingsley Uzozie, and Ali Keita. They have on previous occasions reportedly robbed several communities that included VOA, the ELWA/Roberts International Airport highway, the Airfield, Sinkor and Du-port Road, in Paynesville.
Police said that the accused were arrested with weapons, among which were cutlasses, single barrel shotguns, AK-47 riffles. However, police could not make available a single weapon to the court during the briefed deliberation yesterday.
In each of the attacks, the accused reportedly made away with valuable items, including gold rings, laptops, varieties of mobile phones valued at over tens of thousands of United States dollars and physical cash of over US$42,705 and L$700,112,700.
As part of yesterday’s security arrangement that brought the suspects to court, an advanced squad of armed Police Support Unit (PSU) had earlier arrived and subsequently surrounded the court premises, a situation that terrified some of the bystanders.
In a short while, Magistrate Ernest Flomo Bana authorized the police to escort the suspects to the Monrovia Central Prison, where they are expected to be held until their case is called for trial
Under the law, the crime of armed robbery does not qualify the suspects for bail.
Police’s investigative report obtained from the court, a copy of which is with the Daily Observer, alleged that between July 13, up to and including the July 22, 2018, the men were arrested in connection with armed robberies, during which time they “voluntarily admitted to the commission of the crime.”
That during their arrest, police alleged, they retrieved one AK-47 riffle, two AK-47 magazines that contained 53 rounds (one contained 24 rounds and the other 29 rounds.)
Other weapons included one single barrel shotgun, six single barrel rounds, 12 pieces of hand grenades, one canister and one pistol (7.65).