An Evbuoriaria Magistrates’ Court in Benin, Edo State, has ordered that an ex-militant, identified as General Pere Ejune, and one Trim Ade, be remanded in prison custody for allegedly being in possession of firearms.
Ejune, 45, and Ade, 32, had been paraded by Commissioner of Police, Fimihan Adeoye, on Wednesday, after they were arrested and a double-barrel gun, a cut-to-size double-barrel gun and 18 live cartridges allegedly recovered from them.
The police prosecutor, Olatoye Oluwaseun, told the court that the accused committed the offence at Upper Sakponba road, Benin, at about 2am on September 8, 2016.
Oluwaseun said the offence contravened Sections 6(b) and 3(1) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Cap R II. Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
But the presiding magistrate, C.E. Oghuma, said that the duplicate case file should be sent to the Department of Public Prosecution for advice and directed that the two accused persons be remanded at the Oko prison.
Oghuma adjourned the case to October 21, 2016, for further hearing.
However, Counsel for Ejune, Olayiwola Afolabi, described his client’s prosecution as political.
Afolabi said, “You can only charge a person to court for unlawful possession of firearms when a case of robbery has been established. In this case, there was no case of robbery.”
“My client, General Pere, was not even found with any weapon. We are shocked he was charged to court for possession of firearms. He said he left the APC and he is now in the PDP.”