Sunday, August 12, 2018

Seven youths arraigned for ‘possessing’ weapons, others

Seven youths have been arraigned at an Ado-Ekiti Magistrates’ Court for alleged illegal possession of weapons and illicit drugs.

The accused are: Oke Olaniyi (18), Elegbeleye Sunday (19), Adebayo Oluwaferanmi (19), Idowu Azeez (18), ýIsmaila Yunisa (19) Falayi Blessingý (18) and Ogunlade Dayo (23).

The defendants, whose addresses are unknown, are facing a three-count charge of possessing weapons, including one battle axe, as well as Indian hemp.

The prosecutor, Inspector Caleb Leranmo, told the court that the defendants committed the offence on August 2 at 0120 hours (1.20 am) at Afatilo Street, Oke-Ila in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.

He said weeds suspected to be Indian hemp were also found on the accused.

According to him, the offences contravene Section 516, 417 (c) of Criminal Code, Law of Ekiti State 2012, and Section 5 of the Indian Hemp Act Law of Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004.

The prosecutor prayed the court for an adjournment to enable him study the case file and present his witnesses.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges, and their counsel, Mrs Florence Nwadishi, urged the court to grant them bail.

The lawyer promised that they would not jump bail.

The Magistrate, Mrs Taiwo Ajibade, granted the accused bail for N10,000 with one surety each in like sum.

She adjourned the matter till August 28 for hearing.

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