Nigerian court sentence three persons to 38-year imprisonment over possession of firearms

Ekiti State High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday February 3, 2021 sentenced three persons to 38 years imprisonment each for illegal possession of firearms and attempted robbery.

The convicts, 23-year-old Okon Joseph, 19-year-old Ebele Sunday and 20-year-old Daniel Simon were found guilty on the three counts of conspiracy, unlawful possession of firearms and attempted robbery.

According to the charge, “The act was committed on or about November 26, 2018 on Emure Ekiti highway when the accused persons were armed with two locally made guns and conspired with intention of committing armed robbery.”

The charge indicated that the offences were contrary to sections 6(b), 2 and 3(1) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provision) Act Cap R11, laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

During the trial, one of the local securities who testified before the court had said the convicts were arrested along Emure/Eporo Road after they received distress call from the villagers along the axis.

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To prove his case, the prosecutor, O. M. Ajumobi, called four witnesses while two locally made pistols, three pieces of live cartridges, Indian hemps, tramadol tablets, statements of the accused, among others were tendered as exhibits.

The accused had spoken in their defence through their counsel, Chris Omokhafe and called no witness.

‌In the judgment, Justice John Adeyeye, who sentenced the three persons, said, “It is important to protect members of the society from these felons to serve as deterrent and keep the accused from circulation for some time.”

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