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Court adjourns hearing in bail application by 3 men over alleged possession of arms

Abuja – An FCT High Court Kubwa, on Tuesday, adjourned until April 17, hearing in a bail application filed by Zakari Kaura, Isah Mohammed and Isiaka Abubakar over alleged possession of fire arms.

Justice Kezziah Ogbonnaya granted an application for adjournment made by the prosecutor, Ama Ohien saying that all parties have right to fair hearing.

Ogbonnaya in her ruling noted that the prosecutor told the court that she would not be able to respond to the Defence counsel, Samson Paul ‘s bail application served on her.

The defendants are facing trial on a two count charge bordering on possession of fire arms filed against them by the Attorne- General of the Federation.
Paul had filed a motion for bail dated March 11 and served the prosecutor same.

Ohien however told the court that she was unable to reply the application served because preliminary investigations revealed that the phone number written on the medical report issued is non existent.

She added that she had written to Suleja Prisons to find out about Kaura’s health status and had not gotten a reply which will determine if she would oppose to the bail.

She said inquires would also be made from prison if Kaura’s health can be managed while in prison and prayed for an adjournment.

Paul however opposed the prosecutor’s prayer, saying his bail application was ripe for hearing adding that the defendants have been in prison for one year and are still presumed innocent until proven otherwise.

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The defendants were in possession of locally made pistol, one fabricated barrette pistol, seven live cartridges and six live ammunition without requisite licence at Zuba- Gwagwalada road sometime in October 2015.

The offence, she said, contravened the provisions of Section 3 (1) of the Robbery and Fire Arms Act. (NAN).

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