An Ebuoriaria Magistrate’s Court, Benin, Edo State, Thursday, remanded in prison custody an ex-militant, General Pere Ejune, 45, and one Trim Ade, 32, for allegedly being in possession of a double-barrelled gun and 18 live cartridges.
Edo State Police Command accused the duo and others at large were said to have committed the crime on September 8 at 2a.m., at Upper Sakponba Road, Benin, the Edo capital.
Magistrate C. Oghuma remanded them, who are brothers in Oko Prison, Benin, and adjourned the case to October 20 for further hearing.
Olayiwola Afolabi, counsel to General Ejune, said he was being prosecuted for political reasons, following his alleged defection from All Progressives Congress, APC, to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
He said: “They were charged to court for unlawful possession of firearms under the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions). You can only charge a person 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 for being in possession of firearms.
“He said he left APC and now in PDP.
“We are happy that the Magistrate has said that the case file be duplicated and sent to the DPP. It happened before in Ovia 13. They hauled them to prison. I think the charge was prepared so that they can haul them to prison before election. We, however, know what to do.”