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Court remands fake vigilantes over unlawful possession of firearms

By Damilola Akinmolayan

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Four fake vigilantes have been remanded by an Akure Magistrates’ Court over unlawful possession of firearms.

The defendants are; Ojo Temitope, 50, Samson Okorie, 28, Aderoyin Babatunde,41, and Godwin Edet,39.

They allegedly committed the offence in October, 28 2022 around 1:30am at Ehin Apata street, off Oke Aro quarters in Akure.

The prosecutor, Inspector Augustine Omhenimhen told the court that the defendants while armed with cutlass, gun and other dangerous weapons shot one Udechukwu ldowu on his lap.

He said the defendants also broke into the dwelling house of one Okon Joseph with intent to commit felony and unlawfully assaulted and injured one Joseph Thomas with cutlass and horse whip, causing them injuries.

The offences committed are contrary to and punishable under Section 5(A&B), 412, 413 (1) (2) (a&b) 249(d) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provision) Act Cap R11 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

The defence counsel, P.O Jasmine prayed the court for adjournment to enable him reply the prosecutor’s application on the point of law.

In her ruling, Magistrates O.R Yakubu ordered that the accused persons be remanded at Olokuta Correctional Centre pending advice from Director of Public Prosecutions.

The case was, thereafter, adjourned till December 19, for advice the DPP.

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