Jos - An upper Area Court in Jos, on Wednesday
sentenced two young men to various terms of imprisonment for conspiracy
and illegal possession of arms.
The court sentenced Ndubuisi Eluwa and Usman Sarki to nine months
imprisonment each, with an option of N9000 fine on the first-count
charge of conspiracy.
Eluwa was also sentenced to 9 months imprisonment with an option of
N9, 000 fine for the second-count charge of illegal possession of a
locally made gun and and ammunition.
Sarki on the other hand, bagged a prison term of 30 calendar months
without option of fine on the second-count charge, having previously
appeared before the same court on similar charges.
The Judge, Malam Mustapha Hassan, said the prosecution had done an
excellent job of convincing the court on the culpability of the the two.
"The prosecution has tendered evidences against the accused that
convinced the court beyond reasonable doubt that they committed the
"The court has relied heavily on the confessional statement of the accused to convict them.
"The court has also relied on section 157 (i) of the Criminal
Procedure Code (CPC) that stipulates quick judgement for anybody that
pleads guilty to his or her crime.''
Earlier, the Police prosecutor, Shuaibu Tambaya, told the court
that the accused persons committed the offence on Aug. 7, 2013, at about
Tambaya further told the court that the accused were arrested at West
of Mines Area of Jos by a police constable, Daniel Michael, while in
possession of the gun and cartridge.
"The accused persons were taken to `A' division police station by the police officer that arrested them.
"The matter was later transferred to State Criminal Investigations Department for discreet investigation," he said.
Tambaya tendered the locally made pistol and one cartridge as exhibit
before the court, saying the offence was contrary to section 27(1) (b)
of the Firearm Act cap F 28 of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
When the case came up for hearing, the accused pleaded guilty to the
two-count charge, saying that it was unemployment that pushed them into
The judge warned them to be of good behaviour after serving their
prison term, adding that the court would not be lenient with them in
future if they appeared before it again.