Court docked man, 39, over alleged possession of local gun

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An Ado-Ekiti Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, arraigned a 39-year-old man, Ayodele Mayowa, for alleged possession of a local gun.

Mayowa, whose address was not given, is facing a charge of possession of local gun.
The Prosecutor, Sgt. Olubu Apata, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on April 22 in Ifaki-Ekiti.

He alleged that the police found in possession of the defendant a cut-to-small-size locally-made single barrel gun, which was not licenced.

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He explained that the police got information that the defendant had, in his possession, the locally-made gun, but that Mayowa claimed that he was a member of Odu’a People’s Congress (OPC).

Apata said that the offence contravened Section 27 (b)(i) of the Firearms Act, 2004.
The prosecutor urged the court to adjourn the case to enable him to study the file and assemble his witnesses.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Counsel to the defendant, Mr Gboyega Abiola, urged the court to grant his client bail, promising that the defendant would not jump bail.

The Magistrate, Mrs Kehinde Awosika, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N50,000, with one surety in like sum.

Awosika said that the surety must be an OPC commander. She, thereafter, adjourned the case till June 3, for mention.


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