Two Nigerians Remanded For Possessing Arms

Two Nigerians, accused of preparing to commit crime and possessing arms and ammunition without lawful authority, have been remanded by an Accra Circuit Court.

Samuel Okechuku, a trader, and Uche Ike, a labourer, allegedly had in their possession one AK47 Assault Rifle, 13 rounds of ammunitions, one jacket, cellotape and a mask in preparation to commit crime.

They, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges, but they were remanded by the Court, presided over by Mr Aboagye Tandoh.

The facts of the case as presented by Chief Superintendent of Police, Duuti Tuaruka, were that the complainants lived at Maamobi, while the accused persons lived at Achimota in Accra.

He said on November 3, at about 2100 hours, the complainants went to Tudu to watch a football match between Manchester United FC and Fernabache FC.

He told the court that after the first half, they came out to stretch their legs and there, they spotted the accused persons on a motorbike moving towards them.

The prosecution said Uche was then riding while; Samuel was the pillion rider holding a school bag.

Their movement in the area, he said, became suspicious so the complainant signalled them to stop. However, they refused and sped off.

He told the court that the two accused persons were given a hot case, and at a point Samuel dropped the bag.

The prosecutor said the accused persons immediately stopped, abandoned the motor bike and took to their heels and escaped.

Chief Superintendent Tuaruka said when the bag was opened, the weapons were found in it, suggesting that they were going for a robbery expedition.

The complainants then took the bag and the motorbike to the Regional Police Headquarters to make a report.

He said on November 10, at about 1400 hours the accused persons were arrested in their house at Achimota.

In their caution statement, Uche denied the offence, but Samuel stated that, he visited a friend at Agbogblosie, but he did not see him.

He said he decided to attend to nature’s call in a bush nearby and on the way found the bag and picked it.

He said he called Uche, who had a motorbike, to pick him to Tudu to have fun, and on the way, they were chased by the complainant.