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Court admits accused to N1m bail for alleged possession of firearms

A Federal High Court sitting in Jos on Friday granted bail to Rwang Adams, in the sum of one million for alleged unlawful possession of an AK47 rifle and 14 rounds of 7.52mm live ammunition.

The judge, Justice Dorcas Agishi, ordered that Adams to produce two sureties in like sum, adding that the sureties must have landed property in Jos with documents to be deposited with the court.

Adams, who was arraigned on a two-count charge, had pleaded not guilty.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Edwin Ocheyi, had told the court that the accused was arrested in possession of firearms on April 17 at Kuru in Jos South Local Government of Plateau by security agencies on petrol.

He said the offence contravened Section 27 (1b) of the Armed Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act.

Ocheyi had opposed the bail by counsel to the accused, Mr Yakubu Shelleng, who submitted that the offence was bailable and that Adams had been in detention since his arrest in April.

He expressed the fear that the accused if released on bail might tamper with investigations of the case.

The case has been adjourned till Nov. 15 for definite trial.


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