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06.03.2006 Togo

Court accedes to Togolese request to return Nigerian robbery suspects


Aflao, March 6, GNA - Four Nigerians suspected to have committed crimes in Togo are to be handed over to the Togolese security agencies through INTERPOL Ghana.

A circuit court at Aflao presided over by Captain (Rtd.) Martin Obeng-Ntim ordered that Molioku Chinedu Uzodinma, 33, Emmanuel Nwankwo Junior, 36, Robinson Obi Chibuna 39 and Unche Ogbonna, 35, be handed over to Togolese security agencies.

The court, he said lacked the jurisdiction to prosecute the four on charges of robbery, but yielded to the request of Togolese INTERPOL through their Gha naian counterparts to hand them over for trial in that country.

Police Chief Inspector Kofi Frimpong had told the court that the four, late last year took residence at Gbedekope, a suburb of Aflao after sneaking into the country through an unapproved route. He said some residents were suspicious of their movements and reported to the security agencies, which collaborated in putting them under surveillance.

Mr Frimpong said in December the Police swooped in on them in their single apartment and found a map of the defunct breakaway state of Biafra, in Nigeria and other seditious materials. He said also found were a visa credit card in the name of one Margarita Alonso Pino, a Spanish national, a Spanish passport, air ticket and a cell phone.

Mr Frimpong said Togolese INTERPOL confirmed that Pino was among other foreign nationals robbed at Tsevie, near Lome in Togo, last December. The four have since been placed in police custody pending their repatriation.