Three men and two companies accused of unlawfully bringing 440 pieces of pump action riffles, and unassembled parts of same firearm
into the country, on May 22, 2017 were yesterday arraigned by the federal government. The accused persons: Chihozie Uzochukwu, Mordi Innocent
Chukwurah, Ifeanyi Igwewena- two companies; Hizec Marine Services LTD and Patfimo Marine Services LTD, were arraigned by the government before the Federal High Court in Lagos on a seven count charge of unlawful importation, forgery and conspiracy.
According to the charge sheet; the men and their companies “on or about 18th of April to 22nd of May, 2017 at Tin Can Island Port, Apapa, Lagos within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did conspired together to illegally import without lawful authority into Nigeria 440 pieces of Pump
Action Riffles and unassembled parts of Pump Action Riffles Firearms loaded inside 1X20FT container number PONU 210024/1 and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 3(6) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap M17 Lae of the Federation, 2004 and punishable under the same section of the same Act.”
Count three of the charge accused them of uttering “a bill of laden No 96114787 issued on the 9th of May, 2017 to read “Durban- South Africa” as point of loading instead of “Istanbul – Ambali – Turkey” with intent that it will be used and acted upon as genuine by the customs officer and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1 (2) (c) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, Cap M17, laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and punishable under the same section andsame act”.
In addition, count 5 of the charge alleges that the defendants forged application to import document (Form M) with the number MF 20170041430, to read Promona -South Africa as country of origin instead of Turkey. It was similarly alleged that the Pre-Arrival Assessment Report (PAAR)
document issued on April 21, 2017 was uttered to read South Africa instead of Turkey.
The final count says, “that you Paltimo Morin’s Service Ltd and Mordi Innocent Chukwurah on or about 18th April to 22nd of May 2017, at
Tin Can Island Port, Apapa – Lagos within the jurisdiction of this honorable court altered a bill of lading No 960114787 said to contain “574 packages
of Antisera and Cannulate” from Turkey instead of 440 Pump Action Riffles (fire arms) as content of the container, No PONU 210024/1 with
intent to conceal criminal activity and actual nature of the goods in the container and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(2)(c) of
the Miscellaneous Offences Act, Cap M17, law of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and punishable under the same section of the same act”.
Having read the charges to the five defendants who pleaded not guilty, the defence team argued the bail applications earlier filed before the court.
The lawyers argued that the offences are bailable, adding that bail is at the discretion of the court and hence pleaded the court to exercise its discretion in favour of their clients. The prosecutor, Mr. Julius Ajakaye, opposed the bail application, stating that the offences are grievous.
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