Traditionalist arraigned for illegal possession of fire arms, forgery in Enugu

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The Police in Enugu command has arraigned one Chief Christian Akpata, a traditionalist before a Federal High Court in Enugu on a four count charge bordering on illegal possession of fire arms and forgery.
Akpata, a native of Akamaoye community in Ezeagu Local Government Area of the state was accused of being in possession of an unlicensed pump action gun with registration number P268884 on Jan. 17, 2018.
The offense is punishable under Sect. 27 (1) (a) (i) of Fire Arms Act Cap F28 Laws of the Federation, 2004.
The accused popularly known as ‘Alusi Idejiogwugwu’ was also said to have been in possession of seven live cartridges of ammunition punishable under Sect. 27 (i) (b) (ii) of the Firearms Act Cap F28 Laws of the Federation, 2004.
Akpata was also alleged to have forged a fake signature of the traditional ruler of the community, Igwe Kieran Ugwuozor on an irrevocable power of attorney dated Nov. 2004 and purported same to be genuine.
An offense also punishable under Sect. 467 of the Criminal Code Act Cap C38 Laws of the Federation, 2004.
The last count charge read:
“That you on or about Jan. 17, 2018 unlawfully represented as genuine a fake firearms license knowingly and, thereby, committed an offence punishable under Sect. 467 of the Criminal Code Act Cap C38 Laws of the Federation, 2004.”
The accused pleaded not guilty to al the charges.
The defense counsel, Mr Alex Amujogu told the court that he could not file any bail application for his client as the prosecution served the processes on him in court.
Alujiogu said that his client was arrested 7pm Sunday night, adding that the hasty arraignment was meant to disgrace the accused by remanding him in prison custody.
However, the prosecution counsel, Mr Stanley Nwodo, said that he served them in court due to the antics of the accused in the matter over time.
Nwodo alleged that Akpata had no defined counsel, adding that several attempts to arraign him had proved abortive.
He told the court to discountenance the sentiments shared by the defense counsel, saying “sentiments and law cannot come in conflict”.
Nwodo said that he was ready to argue any bail application put forward by the defense.
In a ruling, Justice Rosemary Dugbo-Oghoghorie, held that the defense should have been given time to file a bail application.
Dugbo-Oghoghorie, therefore, released the accused to the defense counsel and adjourned the matter to Nov. 13 for argument on bail and commencement of trial.
Ends.

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