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Father drags son to court over alleged possession of firearm


One Olusola Toyin, yesterday, dragged his son, Abiodun to a Kwara State magistrate court, sitting in Ilorin, over alleged possession of gun.
The father, a resident of the Federal Girls College, Omu-Aran, reported the matter at the area commander office, Omu-Aran that he found a gun in his son’s room.
According to the Police First Information Report (FIR), the complainant alleged that he found the gun among other items when he was re-arranging the belongings of his late wife.
When querried, the police report stated that the boy confessed that the gun was given to him by his boss, one Olaitan Adewumi of Express road, Omu-Aran.
The son was said to have also absconded when he was asked to come with his boss whom he accused of giving him the gun.
Effort to arrest the said boss has also proved abortive, according to FIR.
The defendant was however arrested by the police while the said boss has remained at large.
He was dragged before Magistrate Muhammed Ndakene for the offence of Criminal conspiracy and illegal possession of firearms contrary to section 6(b) and 3(1) of the robbery and firearms (Special Provision) Act CAP RII of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004.
The prosecutor, Ayeni Gbenga prayed the court to remand the defendant in prison, saying his offence is not ordinarily bailable.
The defendant’s counsel, Olukayode Olaoye submitted that the court should discontenance the submission of the defendant counsel.
He said his client is still presumed innocent of the alleged offences until proven guilty by the court.
He added that since the defendant is still innocent, he should be allowed to enjoy his fundamental human right, saying remanding him will infringe on his human right.
The court in his ruling ceded to the submission of the prosecutor even as he ordered the remand of the defendant in Mandala prison while the matter was adjourned to 27th August, 2019.

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