Three men — Ahmed Fatai, Olashile Bajulaye, Tajudeen Abubakar — were arraigned in Lagos on Tuesday for being in possession of four live cartridges.
The trio – Fatai (20), Bajulaye (23) and Abubakar (21) – are facing two counts of conspiracy and being in unlawful possession of ammunition before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
The Prosecutor, Sgt. Godwin Awase, told the court that the accused committed the offences on June 20 at CMS Marina, Lagos.
“The accused had in their possession cartridges without valid license issued by an appropriate authority.
“Following a tip-off, policemen stormed their hideout and on sighting the policemen, the accused took to their heels.
“Three were arrested with the cartridges while their leader who was in possession of their gun escaped,” the prosecutor said.
The offences contravened Sections 330 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 330 stipulates seven years imprisonment for being in possession of firearms while Section 411 prescribes two years for conspiracy.
The accused, who were residents of Ajah, Lagos, pleaded not guilty.
The Magistrate, Mr. F.F George, granted the accused N100,000 bail each with two sureties each in like sum.
George said that the sureties should be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
The case was adjourned until September 10 for mention.
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