Firearm Possession: Court remands jobless men to correctional centre

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An Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court. Wednesday remanded two unemployed men Tobilola Akeem, 27. and Saheed Akanbi, 32, to Kirikiri Correctional Center, for allegedly possessing a locally made gun.

The two defendants are both unemployed and live an uncomplicated building in Ikorodu area of Lagos.

They are being tried for conspiracy, unlawful possession of firearms and being an unlawful secret society.

The prosecutor, ASP Clifford Ogu, told the court that the offences were committed April 16, at Itamaga roundabout, Ikorodu.

Ogu alleged that the defendants, and some other at large boarded a bus, and arriving at their bus stop, they refused to the conductor and an argument ensued.

The prosecutor also told the court that it was during the scuffle that ensued a locally made pistol and dagger fell of the defendants bags.

He said passengers and other members of the public were able to apprehend the defendants with the help of the police men stationed at the area.

Ogu said that when questioned, they could give a satisfactory explanation on how they got those weapons.

The offences, according to the prosecutor, contravene sections 2, 297, 312 and 411 of the criminal law of State, 2015.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs S.K. Matepo, refused to listen to the defendants’ plea and ordered that they be remanded Kirikiri Correctional Centre.

Matepo adjourned the case until Aug. 6, for Director of Public Prosecution’s advice.