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Lagos: Men remanded in Kirikiri for possessing locally-made gun

The defendants could not satisfactorily explain how they got the weapons.

• July 28, 2021
Fire arms used to illustrate the story
Firearms used to illustrate the story

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

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

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

The prosecutor, ASP Clifford Ogu, told the court that the offence was committed on April 16, at Itamaga roundabout, Ikorodu.

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

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

He said passengers and other members of the public were able to apprehend the defendants with the help of the policemen stationed in the area.

Mr Ogu said that when questioned, they could not give a satisfactory explanation on how they got the weapons.

The offence, according to the prosecutor, contravenes sections 2, 297, 312 and 411 of the criminal law of Lagos State, 2015.

The chief magistrate, S.K. Matepo, refused to listen to the defendants’ plea and ordered that they be remanded in Kirikiri Correctional Centre.

Ms Matepo adjourned the case until August 6 for the Director of Public Prosecution’s advice. 

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