By Abiodun Bolujoko
The Magistrate Court sitting in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital on Tuesday remanded one Abubakar Mohammed and Jiya Ibrahim over alleged impersonation and possession of firearms.
The accused persons were dragged before Magistrate Kemisola Kamson for criminal conspiracy, impersonation and illegal possession of firearms contrary to section 97, 132 of Penal Code law and section 3 (1) of robbery and firearms (Special provision) Act Cap R11 of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.
According to Police First Information Report (FIR), one Mohammed Baba of Ndache Saba village via Shonga reported on 28th August, 2018 at about 2130hrs to the Divisional Police headquarters, Lafiagi Division that he was summoned by the village head to the palace that there was a man who claimed to be a soldier in the palace.
“On getting to the palace, the man who during interrogation could not identify himself as a soldier rather produced a locally made revolver pistol as a means of identification.
“The man who was later known as Abubakar Mohammed who claimed to be a soldier man could not answer question put to him, he was arrested and disarmed of the gun in his possession the FIR.”
The case was transferred to F-SARS Unit, Ilorin for discreet investigation.
The FIR further said that the investigation conducted at F-SARS office, Ilorin revealed that the Mohammed is not a soldier man and neither belonged to any Armed Force, and that the pistol was given to him by one Jiya Ibrahim.
During investigation, the accused persons allegedly confessed to the crime.
However, during arraignment the accused persons pleaded not guilty to the offence.
The prosecutor, Inspector Ayeni Gbenga, prayed the court to remand the accused in prison custody pending the completion of Police investigation on the matter.
The defence counsel prayed the court to grant the accused persons bail, claiming that they were still innocent of the crime until found guilty.
He further said that the accused and their families have confided in him as they are ready to obey every order of the court if granted bail.
He also told the court to grant them bail as the addresses of the two accused persons were accessible as this will not interfere with Police investigation.
In his ruling, Magistrate Kamson ordered that the accused be remanded at the Federal Prison, Mandala while the case was adjourned to September 9, 2018.