Illegal firearms: Suspects’ appearance in court surfers set back over #End SARS protest

The continued trial of defendants who were standing trial over illegal importation of firearms into the country, before Justice Ayokunle Faji of a Lagos Federal High Court, today, was hindered due to non production of the suspects, owing to ongoing end SARS protest. The defendants in the alleged illegal firearms importation are: a Retired Custom Officer, Muhmud Hassan, his company, Hassan Muhmud Trading Company, Saliu Abudulahi Danjuma; Donatus Ezebunwa The defendants were charge before the court on a nine-count charge of conspiracy, illegal importation of 661 pump action rifles; offering…

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Illegal firearms importation: Court dismisses alleged smugglers’ no case submissions, frees one

Justice Ayokunle Faji of the Federal High Court, Lagos, Friday, dismissed no case submission, filed by a retired Customs Officer, Hassan Mahmud and two others, who are standing trial before the Court on illegal firearms smuggling 661 Pump Action Riffles into the country. Other defendants whose No-case-Submissions were also dismissed are: the retired Customs Officer’s company, Hassan Mahmud Trading Company Limited and Donatus Ezebunwa. The third defendant in the charge, Oscar Okafor, did not file no-case-submission. Justice Faji however acquitted and discharged the fourth defendant in the charge, Donatus Ezebunwa who…

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Court fixes Feb. 7 to decide alleged smugglers of arms’ no-case-submissions

Justice Ayokunle Faji of a Federal High Court, Lagos, has fixed February 7, 2020, for ruling a no-case-submission filed by alleged smugglers of 661 pump action rifles. The alleged smugglers who filed no-case-submission after the prosecution had closed its case against them are: Hassan Mahmud, Salisu Abdulahi Danjuma, alongside Donatus Ezebunwa Achinulo. Hassan, Danjuma and Achinulo alongside Oscar Okafor and Matthew Okoye, said to be at large and a limited liability company, Mahmud Hassan Trading Company Limited, are being tried before Justice Faji led-court on charges bordering on conspiracy, smuggling of prohibited…

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Illegal arms importation: Court dismisses accused’s motion seeking to witness mother’s burial

A Federal High Court, Lagos, today, dismissed a motion filed by Oscar Okafor, one of the defendants facing trial on alleged illegal importation of 661 pump action rifles into the country, seeking the court’s permission to attend his late mother’s burial. The court presided over by Justice Ayotunde Faji, dismissed the motion on the ground that the charges which the applicant is standing trial for is one that affects national security which is above any other interests. Okafor is standing trial on alleged illegal importation of 661 pump action rifles…

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Illegal arms importation: We don’t ship contraband goods -Maersk Line

A top management staff of Maersk Line Limited, Mrs. Mercy Ebri, has told a Federal High Court, Lagos, that her company was not involved in illegal shipments of 611 sophisticated pump action riffles into the country by the importer.  Mrs. Ebri stated this while being cross-examined by the lawyers to the defendants, who were being tried before Justice Ayotunde Faji, by the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF). Those standing trial before the court are: a shipping company, Mahmud Hassan Trading Company Limited, its managing director, Hassan Mahmud, Salisu Abdulahi Danjuma,…

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Shipping firm tells court how 661 pump action rifles were smuggled to Nigeria

A prosecution witness in the trial of two former customs officers and four others businessmen, today, narrated to the Federal High Court, Lagos how the defendants smuggled 661 pump action rifles  into the country. The witness, Mrs. Blessing Ebri, a staff of Merks Line Nigeria Limited, who is the eighth prosecution witness, while being led in evidence by Mr Julius Ajakaiye, a deputy director with the Federal Ministry of Justice, told Justice Ayotunde Faji led- court, how the guns illegally got to Nigeria. Ebri in her testimony before the court…

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