Two unemployed men, on Thursday appeared in an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos for illegal possession of 50 rounds of live cartridges.
The police charged Ranti Ayaovi, 33 and Ojo Oluode, 54, who both live in Badagry area of Lagos with two counts of conspiracy and unlawful possession of ammunition.
The prosecutor, ASP Clifford Ogu, told the court that the defendants committed the offence on Sept. 26, at Gbaji Jucntion , along Seme border, Badagry, Lagos.
Ogu alleged that the men of the Nigeria Custom Service arrested the defendants during a car search at the Seme checkpoint.
The prosecutor also alleged that fifty rounds of live cartridges were found in their car and they could not give a satisfactory account on how they got them.
Ogu said that the offence contravened the provisions of sections 330 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Chief Magistrate J.A. Adegun admitted the defendants to bails in the sum of N100, 000 each with two sureties in like sum.
Adegun adjourned the case until Dec. 4, for mention.
Edited by Cecilia Odey/Sadiya Hamza
Court sentences 3 teenagers to 30 days each for unlawful possession of Cannabis Sativa
An Osogbo Magistrates’ Court in Osun on Friday sentenced three persons to 30 days imprisonment at Ilesa Correctional Centre for unlawful possession of Cannabis Sativa.
Nigeria News Agency reports that the convicts included Yusuf Saheed, 18; Ogunlowo Dare ,19 ; and Yekini Opeyemi,19.
Delivering judgment, the Magistrate, Mr O.O. Adegoke, ordered that the convicts be kept at the Nigerian Correctional Centre in Ilesa for one month because of the gravity of the offence committed.
The court said that the sentence was without options or fine.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Adeoye Kayode, had told the court that the trio committed the offence on Dec. 4 at about 9pm, around Sabo/Arikalamu area, Osogbo.
Kayode said the convicts were caught with cannabis sativa popularly known as “Indian hemp’’ at odd hours by the Police.
The prosecutor averred that the convicts were trapped by the police patrol on duty.
He explained that the convicts were eventually subjected to thorough search where the unlawful substances were discovered.
The Prosecutor said the offence contravened sections 243 and 70 of the Criminal Code Cap 34 vol. 11 Laws of Osun, 2002.
The convicts had pleaded guilty to the two count-charge of unlawful possession and breach of public peace brought against them.
The defence counsel, Mr Najite Okobie, had prayed the court to temper justice with mercy being that they were first offenders.
Edited & Vetted By: Martins Odeh/Donald Ugwu
2 men in court over alleged possession of stolen goats
Two men Ojo Gbenga, 30, and Bamidele Ayo, 31, were on Tuesday arraigned in an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court over alleged possession of stolen goats.
Gbenga and Ayo, whose addresses were not provided, are facing a one-count charge of possession of stolen goats.
The prosecutor, Insp. Oriyomi Akinwale, told the court that the defendants committed the offence on Nov. 20, at about 07:30 a.m., in Ado-Ekiti.
Akinwale alleged that they were in possession of 20 she goats suspected to be stolen.
He said that the defendants were apprehended by the police, following a tip-off by informants at Adehun Street, Ado-Ekiti.
He said the offence contravened Section 430 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.
The prosecutor, however, asked the court for an adjournment to enable him study the case file and assemble witnesses.
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Their counsel, Mrs Iyanu Ayorinde, urged the court to grant the defendants bail, promising that they would not jump bail.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Adefumike Anoma, granted the defendants bail in the sum of N20,000 with one surety each in like sum.
Anoma adjourned the case until Jan.16 for further hearing.
Edited & Vetted By: Nyisom Fiyigon
NDLEA arrests man over alleged possession of 800 grams of drugs
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Kwara State Command, has arrested one suspect over possession of 800 grams of psychotropic drugs.
This was contained in a press statement signed by the Agency’s Public Affairs Officer, Abigail Adebija in Ilorin on Friday.
She said the suspect was arrested on Nov. 22 in Omupo, Kwara state following information from a reliable source to the Agency.
Adebija said the suspect was arrested with 800 grams of psychotropic drugs comprising of 400 grams of Tramadol 225 milligrams and 400 grams of Exol 5.
She said that the arrest revealed the new mode of concealment used in trafficking drugs within the State.
“Drug dealers now hide illicit drugs inside some sealed compartments of vehicles that officers would ordinarily overlook while carrying out routine stop and search during motorized patrol
“It took operatives of the Agency more than two hours to discover the compartment where the drug was hidden in the bus,” Abigail said.
The public affairs officer said that investigation so far showed that the suspect specialised in concealing banned psychotropic drugs among prescription drugs.
She said that the suspect distributes the banned drugs to patent medicine dealers and other petty traders in different parts of the State.
“Before his arrest in Omupo town, the suspect revealed that he had visited Oke-Ode, Ajase, Igbaja, Yaru and Babanla towns, where he distributed large quantities of tramadol to his customers,” Adebija said.
She said the suspect would be charged to court as soon s investigation into the case is concluded.
“The State Commander, Ambrose Umoru urged stakeholders and residents of the state to always volunteer useful information on illegal drug activities in the State, as this will go a long way in assisting the Command in carrying out its statutory responsibilities,” she said.
Edited & Vetted By: Ismail Abdulaziz
4 docked over alleged cultism, unlawful possession of firearms
Four suspected cultists on Wednesday appeared before an Ebute Meta, Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State on a four-count charge bordering on cultism and unlawful possession of firearms.
The police arraigned Ajibade Taiwo, Yakubu Ezra, Justice Upah and Mohammed Abdullahi before Chief Magistrate A.O. Adedayo.
They, however, pleaded not guilty to all the counts.
According to the Prosecutor, Insp. Chinalu Uwadione, the defendants are members of the Aiye confraternity and were found in possession of an axe, black berets with the insignia of Black Axe, two locally-made pistols and six live cartridges.
He told the court that the defendants committed the offences on Nov. 13 at noon at Ogudu, Lagos State.
The alleged offences contravenes Section 411, 168(d) and 51 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 and Section 27(b)(11) of the Firearms Act of 2004.
The chief magistrate granted the defendants bail in the sum of ₦200,000 each with two sureties.
She adjourned the case until Dec. 9.
Edited & Vetted By: Ijeoma Popoola