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Court Acquits Man Charged With Illegal Possession Of Firearms

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An FCT High Court, Apo, has discharged and acquitted one Eze Madukwe, charged with criminal conspiracy, illegal possession of firearms and unlawful possession of items suspended to be stolen.

Justice Olukayode Adeniyi in his judgment said that the police did not adduce any evidence to corroborate that the defendant had in his possession the items listed in the charges.

He held that the confessional statement was rendered impotent, incredible, unreliable and worthless by the fact that it was not recorded as prescribed in Section 15(4) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA).

The judge said that the prosecution could not satisfactorily establish that the defendant is culpable for the offence for which he was charged and therefore, “I hereby enter a verdict of “not guilty, for him.”

He also said that based on the evidence before the court, “my finding is that the prosecution has failed to prove the charge of conspiracy against the defendant beyond reasonable doubt.

“The defendant is hereby discharged and acquitted of the charge,” Adeniyi ruled.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Madukwe was arraigned before the court on March 24, 2017.

He was arrested at Zumba, Abuja, on July 4, 2016 during a raid on his house, and charged on a four-count bordering on criminal conspiracy, illegal possession of firearms and possession of items suspected to be stolen.

The prosecutor alleged that Madukwe conspiracy with Emeka, Victor and Obodo, (surnames not given) to buy locally made firearms for the purpose of robbery.

The defendant denied committing the offences.

The prosecutor, Mr Malik Taiwo, said the offences contravened the provisions of Sections 306,319 of the Penal Code.(NAN)

 



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