5 Mapoly students arraigned over illegal possession of firearms


Five students of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Mapoly, Abeokuta, were on Friday arraigned before a Magistrate Court in Abeokuta over unlawful possession of firearms and cultism.

The accused as mentioned in the suit number MA/781c include: Olawale Olaniyi, Adeyemi Azeez, Olufalo Bidemi, Osilaja Hammed and Bashorun Sodiq. They are facing a three-count charge, which range from conspiracy, unlawful possession of firearms and belonging to a secret cult.

The amended charge read that the accused on August 5, 2013 at Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta in the Abeokuta Magisterial District belonged to a group called Black Axe, a secret cult society, contrary to section 3 and punishable under section 5 of the secret cult (prohibition and special prohibition) laws of Ogun State, 2006.

The charge also had it that the accused persons unlawfully had in possession a locally made gun and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 3 of the firearms act (Cap 28) laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 2004

The arraignment of the accused was based on the legal advice of Director of Public Prosecution, DPP in a letter reference number AB11/S.9631A/12 dated July 21, 2014 which recommended the trial.

When the charge was read to the accused they pleaded not guilty. Two counsels, Bolarinwa Odeyale and B.O Saidu, appeared for the accused.

Mr. Odeyale pleaded for renewal of bail earlier granted the accused before their case file were sent to the Director of Public Prosecution, but the court noted that this could only be granted if a new application is filed or the sureties came forwarded to update the bail application for the benefits of the accused.

However, the counsel was able to perfect his argument and prayers in favour of three of the accused Olawale Olaniyi, Olufalo Bidemi and Bashorun Sodiq, who were granted bail, while two others, Adeyemi Azeez and Osilaja were ordered to be remanded for inability to meet up the bail conditions.

The judge, Mr. Adekunle, in his ruling, adjourned the hearing to February, 19, 2015.


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  • SEER

    This is one good attempt at situating the menace Muslims have become. Muslims should work harder to remove the in-built contradictions between the peacefulness of Islam and the savagery of Muslims.

    • Eniolataiwo

      And this is one attempts at stigmatising Muslims. U cannot make 1.8 billion people responsible for the actions of possibly a million psychopaths.

      • SEER

        No not at all. All Muslims are not stigmatized by the writer. The writer distinguished between the teachings of Muslims who radicalize others, and the teachings of Muslims who radicalize other Muslims. He gave reasons why the radicalizing Muslim clerics do so, and steps to curb the radicalization.
        People like you, instead of being paranoiac, could make objective contribution like the writer did with a view to preventing Islam being viewed through the image of bad Muslims.

        • Eniolataiwo

          U got it all wrong. My comment was in response to ur first comment-the menace Muslims have become. Isn’t that generalization. And pls bro, when pple don’t share ur sentiments, always avoid using demeaning or derogatory. Paranoiac isn’t a good way of having conversation

          • SEER

            Ok I get your point. You mean the Muslims meant should have been qualified . A bit of overdrive I agree.
            The misunderstanding led to using “…paranoiac”; the usage is withdrawn.