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.