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Land Grabbing: Victim Tells Court How Police Arrest Invaders With Firearms, Ammunition

A prosecution witness, Bariu Agbogunloko in the ongoing trial of four persons charge with illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, has told the Federal High Court, Lagos,  how police arrested the accused.

The accused; e: Ganiyu Alabi, David Murphy, Folarin Isiaka and Kehinde Isiaka were docked before Justice Ibrahim Buba on three count charge preferred against them by the police.

In the charge, the four accused persons and others at large, were alleged to have on October 15, 2016, at about 10a.m., invaded Oko-Olomi community in Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos, while armed with three pump action guns with numbers 2856, 8976, and 2598, a double barrel gun and two live cartridges.

The offences according to the prosecutor, are contrary to and punishable under section 516,27(1)(a)(I) and 27(1)(B)(ii) of the Firearms Act, Cap F28, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

The accused persons however pleaded not guilty to the charges.

At the resumed hearing of the trial, Abogunloko who is among the victim of illegal property demolition at Oko-Olomi community was led in evidence by the prosecutor, E T Abi, narrated how their properties were illegally demolished by the invaders.

He said the incident occurred on April 17, 2016, early I the morning.
Adding that all the properties owners in the area were scared always with gun before their properties were demolished.
The witness further informed the court that the matter was reported at Area J Police Division and Elemoro police station but nothing was done, which made them to write petition to Police Headquarters in Abuja.

He said  it was based on the petition, police officers from Abuja acted upon and stormed the hideout of the accused at Abule Baba Adisa at another community close to the area.
Agbogunloko said all the accused were arrested with firearms and live ammunition at their hideout.
Lawyer to the accused persons, Mr. Adewale Adegoke cross examined the witness, and he further revealed how others suspects escaped from being arrest at the hideout.

The trial, Justice Buba however, adjourned further hearing In the matter till March 10.

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