3 in court over alleged possession of guns

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Three men, Rasheed Olowu, 26, Kabiru Ibrahim, 24, and Seyi Asaolu, 26, were on Thursday in Lagos granted a N400, 000 bail for allegedly being in possession of guns and belonging to a secret cult. An Ikeja chief magistrates’ court that gave the ruling asked the defendants to provide two responsible sureties each as part of the bail conditions.

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The chief magistrate, Mrs. Yewande Aje-Afunwa, also ruled that the sureties should show evidence of three years’ tax to the Lagos State Government. The suspects, who reside in Mile 12 area of Lagos State, are facing a two-count charge of being in possession of guns and belonging to an unlawful society.

Earlier, the prosecutor, ASP Peter Nwangwu, told the court that the defendants committed the offences on Dec. 4, 2018 at 5.00 p.m. at Ajelogo Car Wash in Mile 12.

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Nwangwu said the trio were apprehended by some policemen from Mile 12 Division during a stop-and-search. “The police discovered one cut-to-size locally made pistol with one live cartridge on one of the defendants without licence or permission from the Inspector General of Police.

“They could not give a satisfactory explanation on the ownership of the guns in their possession, ” he said. He alleged that the defendants were sometime in 2018 found to belong to an unlawful society called, Eiye Confraternity.

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The prosecutor said that the offences contravened Sections 42 and 330 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015. That Section 330 provides a two-year jail term for illegal possession of a gun. The case was adjourned until April 18.

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