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The scheduled arraignment of a  Retired Army General, Alhaji Abdul Rauf Tijjani before Hakeem Oshodi of a Lagos High Court, Ikeja who was charged for robbery and attempted murder was stalled on Tuesday over his ill health.

The 67 Year-old Rtd.General and a recipient of national award of Order of Federal Republic, OFR is standing trial alongside one Akanni Suada for attempting to kill one Maria Febisola by shooting her with a gun.

He was also alleged to have unlawfully killed an unborn child by causing rupture of the foetus in the womb of one Abidemi Ahmed.

According to the prosecution, Tijjani and Suada whilst armed with a rifle, allegedly robbed Febisola of the sum of N2.5m, a hand bag containing some cash and jewelry worth N3m.

The prosecution also alleged that Alhaji Abdul Rauf Tijjani, Akanni Suada on the 11th, October, 2013 at about 21:20hrs at No. 117 Akowonjo Road, Lagos, in the Ikeja attempted to kill one Maria Febisola by shooting her with a gun.

“Alhaji Abdul Rauf Tijjani, Akanni Suada on the 11th, October, 2013 at about 21:20hrs at No. 117 Akowonjo Road, Lagos, whilst armed with a rifle did rob one Maria Febisola of the sum of N2.5m, a hand bag containing some cash and jewelry worth N3m.

“Alhaji Abdul Rauf Tijjani, Akanni  on the 11th, October, 2013 at about 21:20hrs at No. 117 Akowonjo Road, Lagos, unlawfully killed an unborn child by causing rupture of the foetus in the womb of one Abidemi Ahmed.”

The offences committed by the defendants according to the prosecution contravenes sections 231, 228, 295, 171 and 234 of the criminal law of Lagos State 2011.

At the resume of the proceedings on Tuesday, Tijjani’s lawyer, O.A. Afolabi informed the court that the defendant was rushed to the hospital yesterday after he slumped in prison.

Afolabi said, “My Lord, the prison warders informed me that the 1st defendant, Tijani slumped inside the prison yesterday and has been admitted at the hospital.”

“Since then, he is yet to recover fully in order to appear in court for his arraignment.”

Justice Oshodi adjourned the matter till March 19, 2018 for arraignment.

At an earlier proceeding on February 5, 2018, the Judge has ordered that the defendant be remanded in prison pending his arraignment.

His lawyer,Afolabi had pleaded for bail for his client but his request was declined.