Unlawful Possession Arms: Hotelier Gets N5M Bail


A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos today admitted bail to a Lagos-based hotelier, Oliver Nwodo, who was arraigned before the court, on charges bordering on illegal possession of guns, in the sum of N5 million with one surety in like sum.

The hotelier was arraigned before Justice Sule Hassan on November, 2017, for unlawful possession of two pump action rifles  and 400 cartridges, without lawful authority, and which he could not give satisfactory explanation  during interrogation by men of the Federal Criminal Intelligence and Investigation (FCIID), Alagbon, Ikoyi, Lagos.

The trial court then ordered the remand of an hotelier, Oliver Nwodo in prisons custody for alleged offence  pending when his bail application will be heard.

During his arraignment, FCIID, alleged in  charge marked FHC/L/339c/2017, that the hotelier was arrested on August 22, 2017, at Alaba International Market, Alaba, Lagos, with two pump action Riffle marked 9266 and 7061, and 400 cartridges.

The offences according to the prosecutor, Barrister Morufu Animashaun, are contrary to and punishable under section 3(1) of the firearms Act. Cap. R11, and section 428 of the Criminal Code Cap. C38, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

The accused  pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Following his plea of not guilty, the Prosecutor, Mr. Animashaun applied to court for a trial date, while urging  the court to remand the accused in prisons custody, till the determination of the case.

However, his lawyer, M. Y.  Ogundele, informed the court of the accused person’s bail application.

He therefore urged the court for a date to hear the application.

Ruling on the submissions of both parties, Justice Hassan, ordered that the accused person be remanded in prisons custody, pending the hearing and determination of his bail application.

At the resumed hearing of the accused person today, Justice Hassan while ruling on the application stated that granting bail, conceded to the submissions made by his lawyers.

Consequently, the accused was admitted to bail in the sum of N5 million with one surety in like sum.

The surety, according to the trial judge, must be a landed property owner with Lagos State, who must also show to court evidence of three years tax payment.

The surety was also ordered to deposit the land title document and his or her two recent passport photographs with the court’s Deputy Chief Registrar (DCR), and to also sworn to means of livelihood.

The accused was also ordered to deposit his two recent passport photograph and international passport with the court’s DCR.

The accused was ordered to be remanded in prisons custody pending the fulfillment of the bail terms, while the matter is adjourned till March 1, for trial.

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