Illegal Arms Importation: 2 Defendants Enter Plea Bargain

A Federal High Court in Lagos, has adjourned till September 26 to take the plea bargain entered into by two out of the five men on trial for unlawful importation of 661 pump-action rifles into the country.
Mahmud Hassan, Oscar Okafor, Donatus Achinulo, Matthew Okowa (said to be at large), and Salihu Danjuma are being prosecuted by the Federal Government for unlawful importation of dangerous weapons into the country.
The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice had arraigned them on June 14 before Justice Ayokunle Faji of Federal High Court, Lagos, on charges of illegal importation and possession of firearms
They had all pleaded not guilty to the eight charges preferred against them, while the trial Judge refused their bail applications in view of the gravity of the charges levelled against them.
The matter was subsequently adjourned till September 25 for trial.
However, at the resumed proceedings on Monday, the second and third defendants, Oscar Okafor and Donatus Achinulo, respectively, who had changed their lawyers, indicated their intentions to change their plea from not guilty to guilty.
The application was made orally on behalf of Okafor by Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), his new lawyer, and on behalf of Achinulo by Paul Ananaba (SAN).
However, the Judge directed the defendants to notify the AGF of their intention and subsequently adjourned till September 26.

Author: News Editor

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