2 Nigerians remanded for possessing arms

Accra Circuit Court has remanded two Nigerians, accused of preparing to commit crime, and possessing arms and ammunition without lawful authority.

Samuel Okechuku, a trader, and Uche Ike, a labourer, who allegedly had in their possession one AK47 Assault Rifle, 13 rounds of ammunitions, one jacket, cellotape and a mask in preparation to commit crime, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Chief Superintendent of Police Duuti Tuaruka, told the court presided by Mr. Aboagye Tandoh, that the complainants lived at Maamobi, Accra, while the accused persons lived at Achimota in Accra.

He said on November 3, the complainants went to Tudu, Accra, and spotted Uche riding a motorbike while, Okechuku, the pillion rider, was holding a school bag approaching them.

Chief Sup. Tuaruka said the complainants became suspicious of the accused and signaled them to stop, but they sped off.

The court heard that the accused were chased and Okechuku dropped the bag, and they both abandoned the motorbike and and escaped.

Chief Sup. Tuaruka said the weapons were found in the bag, suggesting that they were going for a robbery expedition.

He said the complainants sent the bag containing the weapons and the motorbike to the Regional Police Headquarters.

Chief Sup. Tuaruka said on November 10, the accused were arrested in their house at Achimota, and in their caution statements, Uche denied the offence, while Okechuku indicated that he had gone to visit a friend at Agbogblosie, but he did not see him.

Okechuku said he attended to nature’s call in a bush nearby and found the bag and asked Uche, carry him on his motorbike to Tudu to have fun, and on their way, they were chased by the complainants.


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