A Federal High Court, today, admitted bail to a Lagos-based hotelier, Oliver Nwodo, who was arraigned before the court, on charges bordering on illegal possession of guns, in the sum of N5 million with one surety in like sum.
The court presided over by Justice Muslim Sule Hassan, remanded the hotelier, after he was arraigned before the court by the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (FCIID), Alagbon-Ikoyi, Lagos, on two counts charge of unlawful possession of firearms.
During his arraignment, FCIID, had alleged in a charge marked FHC/L/339c/2017, the hotelier was arrested on on August 22, 2017, at Alaba International Market, Alaba, Lagos, with two pump action guns marked 9266 and 7061, and 400 cartridges.
The offences according to the prosecutor, Barrister Morufu Animashaun, are contrary to and punishable under section 3(1) of the firearms Act. Cap. R11, and section 428 of the Criminal Code Cap. C38, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
The accused had pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Following his plea of not guilty, the prosecutor, Mr. Animashaun applied to court for a trial date, while urged the court to remand the accused in prisons custody, till the determination of the case.
However, his lawyer, M. Y. Ogundele, informed the court of the accused person’s bail application. He therefore urged the court for a date to hear the application.
Ruling on the submissions of both parties, Justice Hassan, ordered that the accused person be remanded in prisons custody, pending the hearing and determination of his bail application.