For being in possession of illegal firearms, a vigilante man, Abdulrasheed Zakariyau, of Magaji compound, Oke- Andi, Ilorin has been arraigned before an Ilorin Magistrates’ Court. The accused was arraigned on a one-count charge of illegal possession of firearms, which contradicts Section 27(A) 1 of Firearm Act Cap F 28, Law of Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004. The accused was arrested while a team of Federal-Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS) on a vehicular patrol along Fate/ Water-View and Sango area to checkmate criminal activities intercepted a Boxer Bajaj motorcycle with Reg No QX 368 LND. According to the police, the accused, who was the occupant of the motorcycle, looked suspicious and when searched, a short dane gun and a locally made pistol loaded with one live cartridge were recovered from him.
The Police First Information Report (FIR) stated that when the accused was questioned, he couldn’t give satisfactory account of the items recovered from him. The FIR stated further that investigation conducted at the F-SARS office, Ilorin revealed that the accused, who is a vigilante member, illegally possessed the locally made pistol and he couldn’t bear the type of gun recovered from him. The prosecutor, Inspector Alhassan Jubril, told the court that investigation was ongoing, urging the court not to grant the accused bail. The defense counsel, TM Onaolapo, prayed the court to grant bail to the accused on liberal terms.
He further submitted that Section 36(5) of the 1999 Constitution still presumes the accused innocent of the allegation until proved otherwise. The magistrate, Mrs HA Alege, who declined to take the plea of the accused for lack of jurisdiction to entertain the matter, upheld the submission of the prosecutor and ordered that the accused be remanded at the Federal Prison Yard, Ilorin pending the outcome of investigation.
The Case Was Adjourned Till October 15 For Further Mention.