Fifteen persons have been arraigned on charges of attempting to kill former first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, and also stealing N.3 billion worth of jewelry and property belonging to her.
The accused were arraigned before a Yenagoa High Court in Bayelsa.
According to the charge sheet, the accused persons are facing 17 charges bordering on conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit Felony with armed robbery, malicious injury to property, conspiracy to commit a felony with stealing and burglary.
The charge sheet listed the accused as follows: Golden Vivian, 40; Erama Deborah, 45; Precious Kingsley, 20; Vincent Olabiyi, 28; Ebuka Cosmos, 25; Williams Alamo, 29;Tamunokuro Abaku, 32 and Boma Oba, 42.
Others are: Emmanuel Aginwa, 42; Emeka Benson, 33; Tamunosiki Achese Frisberesima, 30; Wariboko Salome, 28; Sahabi Lima, 35; Reginald Sunday, 20 and John Dashe, 39. Count 1 of the charges signed by S. A. Ofoegbu, O.C. Legal, State Criminal Investigation Department, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, accused the arraigned persons of conspiring to commit murder, an offence punishable under section 252 of the Criminal Code Law cap. C14 laws of Bayelsa State.
The charge reads in part: 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, therefore committed an offence.