By Kayode Adeoti
A magistrate court sitting in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital on Tuesday, remanded a 25-yr-old carpenter, Musbau Akosile for illegal possession of weapons and for belonging to an armed robbery syndicate.
The police First Information Report (FIR) revealed that locally made cut-to-size single barrel gun with live cartridge were recovered from Akosile’s workshop at Ganmo, Kwara State.
According to police report, Akosile with his accomplices; Mustapha Azeez, Yusuf Abdullahi and one Albarka now at large, who is said to be leader of the gang, were those terrorising residents of Ganmo and its environs.
Akosile, who is also known as ‘Para’ was taken alongside members of his gang before Magistrate Ibitayo Olawoyin for criminal conspiracy, belonging to gang of robbers, illegal possession of firearms and being a member of a secret cult (Special Provision) of P R11 law of Federation of Nigeria 2004 397 and 306 penal code law.
During interrogation, the FIR stressed that Akosile freely confessed to have a 3-man robbery gang with whom he had performed many operations.
The FIR also revealed that, “they criminally conspired among themselves and procured the said cut-to-size gun and sold to their kingpin at the rate of N8,000.”
The prosecutor, Jubril Al-Hassan in his submission prayed the court to remand the accused persons pending the determination of their matter on court jurisdiction.
According to him, granting the accused persons bail might jettison police investigations.
The accused persons’ counsel, Toyin Oloolapo however prayed the court to discountenance the submissions of the prosecutor on the basis that the accused are still presumed innocent until proven otherwise by the court.
He prayed the court to grant the accused bail on liberal terms promising that they will abide by all the rules and conditions of the court.
In his ruling, the magistrate denied the accused persons bail even as he stressed that the court lack jurisdiction over the matter.
Meanwhile, the case has been adjourned to 16th August, 2018.