A 54-year-old suspected hoodlum, Ada Ojo, has been charged with unlawful possession of firearms before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court, Lagos State.
Ojo was arraigned on Monday along with three others ─ Monday Eguaoje, 35; Abel Daniel, 39; and 35-year-old Williams Essien ─ by a police prosecutor, Inspector Benson Emuerhi.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the suspects were arrested by the police on the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, Iyana Ipaja bus stop, on June 17, after the place was raided at about 8.30pm.
It was gathered that a locally-made single-barrelled gun and four live cartridges were recovered from them.
Our correspondent learnt that policemen attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the state command swooped on the gang, following a tip-off from some residents of the area.
It was said that the bandits were also notorious for terrorising commuters on the expressway and unlawful dealing in arms and ammunition.
The prosecutor preffered three counts bordering on illegal possession against the suspects, who appeared before a chief magistrate, Mrs. O.A. Olayinka.
The charges read, “That you, Ada Ojo (54), Monday Eguaoje (35), Abel Daniel (39) and Williams Essien (35) on June 17 at about 8.30pm at Iyana Ipaja bus stop, Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did conspire to commit felony to wit: unlawful possession of firearms.
“That you, on the same date, time and place in the aforementioned magisterial district, did unlawfully have in your possession and control one locally-made single-barrelled gun without licence issued to you by an appropriate authority and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 4 and punishable under Section 27(b)(i) of the Firearms Act, Cap F28, Law of Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
“That you, on the same date, time and place did unlawfully have in your possession four live catridges, and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 4 and punishable under Section 27(b)(ii) of the Firearms Act, Cap F28, Law of Federation of Nigeria, 2004.”
The defendants’ counsel prayed the court to grant them bail in liberal terms after they pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The magistrate admitted them to bail in the sum of N500,000 each with two sureties each in like sum.
She added that the sureties must present their means of livelihood, residential addresses and evidence of tax payments to the court for verification.
The case was adjourned till November 11, 2015.