Court remands Osun man for illegal possession of gun, bullets

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BY TIMOTHY AGBOR, OSOGBO

Uba Group

A Chief Magistrate’s Court sitting in Osogbo, Osun State, has ordered that a 36-year-old man, Yusuf Hammed be remanded in Ilesa Correctional Centre for allegedly possessing gun and bullets.

The defendant was charged by the state police command on three count-charge bordering on conspiracy to commit felony, and unlawful possession of firearm and cartridge.

Police prosecutor, Inspector Fatoba Temitope told the court that the defendant conspired to commit a felony to wit unlawful possession of single barrel gun and cartridges.

Temitope alleged that the defendant committed the offence on August 9, 2022, In front of House of Assembly complex, Abere Area, Osogbo.

The charge sheet obtained by our correspondent reads in part, “That you Yusuf Hammed and others now at large, on August 9, 2022 in Osogbo Magisterial District was found in your possession of one locally cut-to-size single barrel.

“That you (defendant) and others now at large, on the same date, time, place and in the aforementioned Magisterial District did unlawfully have in your possession two live cartridges which you could not give satisfactory account.”

Temitope said the offences contravened section 516 of the criminal code cap 34 Vol. Il, Laws of Osun State of Nigeria 2002 and section 4 and punishable under section 27(1) b (1) of the Firearms Act Cap f.28 Vol. II Laws of Osun State of Nigeria 2004.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the three count-charge.

Chief Magistrate, Olusegun Ayilara ordered that the accused person be remanded in Ilesa Correctional Centre.

Ayilara asked the defence counsel, Tunbosun Oladipupo to approach the court with formal application for the defendant’s bail.

The case was adjourned till September 5 for mention.