Three girls, Joy Ferbian, 20, Rebecca Stephen, 23 and Felicia Stephen, 20 on Thursday appeared before a Jos Chief Magistrates’ Court charged with belonging to a gang of thieves.
The accused persons, who reside at Rukuba Road area of Jos, appeared before Chief Magistrate Talatu Gada, on a one-count charge of belonging to a gang of thieves. .
According to police prosecutor, Ado Ali, the trio are being tried for roaming about aimlessly in the middle of the night.
Ali told the court that the accused were arrested by a police patrol team, led by ASP Christopher Okeke on Aug. 24, at about 2.00 a.m. around West of Mines an area notorious for thefts and all manners of crimes in Jos.
“In that particular area in Jos, criminals snatch peoples’ property at odd hours,” he said.
Ali alleged that during police investigation, the suspects could not give satisfactory explanation about what they were doing at that time in that place.
“My Lord the accused failed to give concrete explanation, as to why they were still outside at that odd hour,” he told the court.
The prosecutor alleged that the accused had committed an offence contrary to section 305 of the Penal Code.
The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charge and applied to the court for bail.
The Judge granted them bail in the sum of N50,000 each, with two sureties each in like sum.