13 November 2012

Nigeria: Two Jailed for Carrying Dangerous Weapons

A Kuje Area Court in the FCT Thursday sentenced two men to three months imprisonment each for being in possession of dangerous weapons.

Judge Nuhu Ibrahim convicted the two for lurking with house-breaking weapons, which is an offence contrary to Section 360 of the Penal Code.

The judge however, gave the accused persons an option to pay N5,000 fine.

Police prosecutor Samuel Ochefu told the court that one Aminu Auwalu of Sauka Vilage, Kuje reported at Kuje Police Station that the two men were in possession of two sharp cutlasses hidden under their trousers.

He said they were suspected to be among those terrorising commercial motorcycle operators along Sauka Giri Road in Abuja.

The accused persons admitted being in possession of cutlasses but said they were meant for farm work.

In another court on Thursday, a magistrate ordered that one Hassan Ibrahim, 19, of Mabushi Village, Abuja, be remanded in prison custody for allegedly stealing cell phones.

Police prosecutor, Francis Tanko, informed the court that one Ayodeji Obamura of Plot 677, Burisan Crescent, Utako, Abuja, reported the matter at Utako Police Station on November 2.

The prosecutor said the crime was committed at Wuse Zone 5 Bus Stop, where he said the accused stole two cell phones and N20,000 cash from the complainant's car.

He said the complainant saw the accused removing the items from the car and raised an alarm, which led to his arrest.

The prosecutor said the accused was taken to the police station, where the phones were recovered from him, adding that the offence contravened Section 287 of the Penal Code.

The accused pleaded guilty to stealing the cell phones but denied taking N20,000 cash.

"It is true that I stole two cell phones from the car but I did not see or take any money from the car.

"They chased me and collected the phones from me but they did not see any money on me," he said.

Magistrate Musa Jobbo ordered that the accused be remanded in prison custody "pending when a formal application for his bail is filed".

He adjourned the case to November 14 for hearing.


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