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Police arraign 19-year-old over alleged illegal possession of firearms

By Dorothy Ainge

A 19 year old, Peter Oyaje, was on Wednesday arraigned before a Makurdi Magistrate’s Court over alleged illegal possession of firearm.

The Prosecutor, Sgt. Regina Ishaya, told the court that the defendant was arrested by Police patrol men attached to Apa Police Divisional Headquarters on Dec. 27, 2020.

Ishaya said the police team while on patrol within Iga Okpaya intercepted the defendant who was in possession of a locally made pistol.

“When questioned how he got the pistol, the defendant could not give a satisfactory account of how he came about the pistol which led to his arrest,” she said.

The prosecutor said during investigation, the suspect confessed committing the crime.

The defendant, of Iga Okpaya village Apa Local Government Area, Benue, pleaded not guilty to one charge of illegal possession of firearm.

Ishaya said the offence contravened section 3(1) of the Robbery and firearms special provision Act 284 of the penal code law of Benue state 2004.

The Magistrate, Mrs. Theresa Wergba, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N100,000.00 with one fit surety in the like sum.

Wergba said the surety must be resident within Makurdi.

She adjourned the case to Feb 11, 2021 for further mention. (NAN)


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