The Iranian and a Nigerian are being tried for arms importation.
A Federal High Court, Lagos, on Tuesday fixed May 13 to deliver judgment in the trial of an Iranian and a Nigerian charged with unlawful importation of firearms and explosives into Nigeria.
The accused, Azim Aghajani, an Iranian, and Ali Jega, a Nigerian, are facing a five-count charge bordering on unlawful importation of firearms and explosives to Nigeria.
The case which, was slated for judgment on Tuesday, could not go on as the trial judge, Okechukwu Okeke, said he was yet to complete writing his judgment.
“It is quite unfortunate that I have not concluded writing my judgment. This is because I still have to dot the Is and cross the Ts,” Mr. Okeke said.
He, therefore, adjourned the case to enable him adequate time to conclude writing the judgment.
The accused were arraigned on March 7 and each pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Mr. Okeke, however, ordered the accused to be remanded at the Ikoyi Prisons, due to the nature of the charge against them, which according to the judge, touched on national security.
The prosecutor, Olufumilayo Fatunde had told the court that the accused were apprehended by officers of the Nigeria Customs Service on July 17, 2010.
She said they were arrested for illegally importing a 13 by 20 feet container loaded with firearms, explosives and rockets.
The prosecution also alleged that the accused had made false declaration in their bill of lading that the container contained ‘glass wool’, and pallet of stones.
Mr. Fatunde said that this was contrary to Section 161 of the Custom and Excise Management Act 2004.
The prosecution counsel said that the offences also contravene the provisions of Sections 3, 14, 18, and 47 of the Firearms (special provisions) Act, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
If guilty, they would be liable to a minimum sentence of 10 years imprisonment.
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