A 47-year- old staff of the Federal Polytechnic, Offa, Ayodeji Matthew, has been charged before an Ilorin Magistrates’ court over alleged illegal possession of firearms and belonging to a secret cult.
Ayodeji, who works in the Registry Department of the polytechnic, was alleged to have been found with one pump action gun and three life cartridges during a police raid on his residence early in the year.
The First Information Report (FIR) on the incident also indicated that the suspect allegedly confessed to be member of a secret cult located at the Osun Oshogbo Shrine.
The charges preferred against the suspect contravene Section 27 (2) of the Firearms Special Provision CAP ‘F’, LFN 2004 and Section 2(7) (14) of the Secret Society (Prohibited) Law 2016.
The police First Information Report (FIR) states : “That on 17/03/18 at about 11.30hrs, upon information received that one Ayodeji bankole Matthew ‘m’ of Registry Department, Federal Poly, Offa, Kwara state, is a member of unlawful society, to wit, secret cult, and he have in his possession a prohibited firearms. Hence the operatives of the State Intelligence Bureau, Kwara State swung into action and conducted search warrant in the house and premises of the suspect at Afari Area, Offa Kwara state where the following items were recovered (1) One Pump Action with Breach No: 12-0231 (2) Three life cartridges both of them illegally acquired.
“Investigation carried out by the Bureau revealed further that the suspect procured the said firearms found in his possession illegally and unlawfully without genuine license. Furthermore, investigation revealed that you, Ayodeji Bankole admitted that you actually belong to Osun Oshogbo Shrine Cult. Therefore a prima facie case of illegal possession of firearms and being a member of unlawful society to wit secret cult established against the suspect.”
The case, which came up before Magistrate Ibrahim Mohammed was adjourned to November 22, 2018 for further mention while the suspect was allowed to continue on an earlier bail granted him, by the court.
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