FG Opposes Bail For Rifle Importers

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Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami

Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami,has appealed to the Federal High Court in Lagos not to release a five-man gang who allegedly imported 661 pump-action rifles into the coun­try without lawful authority.

The accused, Mahmud Has­san, Oscar Okafor, Donatus Achi­nulo, Matthew Okoye, said to be at large, and Salihu Danjuma were arraigned by the AGF on June 14, 2017.

Mr. K.A. Fagbemi, the prosecuting counsel from the office of the AGF told the court that it would not be a wise decision for them to be re­leased into the society on bail.

Fagbemi said one of the five accused persons was still at large and that it would be improper to release the other four on bail.

He said “He’s still out there. He could be a risk to their lives. It’s one of the grounds that the defendants should not be granted bail for their own good.”

The defence counsel, Yaku­bu Galadima, Godwin Okaka, Olumide Oyewole and Adamu Ibrahim filed bail applications for their clients and promised that if they were released on bail they would not abscond.

Counsel, Olumide Oyewole, told the court that his client was ill and needed treat­ment, showing a medical report issued by the Isolo General Hos­pital.

Justice Ayokun­le Faji, after listening to arguments from the counsel, ruled to adjourn the case till June 6, 2017 for ruling.

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