Jos - The police in Plateau on Thursday
arraigned a man for illegal possession of a Military RPG Bomb in a Federal High
Court sitting in Jos.
The 37-year-old accused, Nanpon Sambo alias Yabang, was
arrested on June 18, 2016 at Bani Hotel, Langtang North Local Government by men
of the Military Joint Task Force (JTF) keeping the peace in the state.
Sambo is being tried on a two-count charge of unlawful
possession of firearms contrary to Section 3 and punishable under Section 27
(1b) of Fire Arms Act CAP F28 Law of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
The offence also contravened Section 3 of the Explosives Act
and punishable under Section 67 of the Explosives Registration Act CAP 117 Law
of the Federation of Nigeria, 1990.
At the resumed hearing, the Prosecuting Counsel, Mrs Kuturah
Saliyuk, told the court the Department of State Services (DSS) had been
trailing Sambo since 2013, adding that he was arrested on June 18, 2016.
The Counsel to the accused, Mr Lawrence Anya, applied for
“My Lord, the suspects and my client is very sick even
before the day he was arrested and is still sick while in the custody.
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“Moreso my Lord, the offence under which my client is being
detained is a bailable one and I urged this court to consider my application
and grant the suspect bail,’’ Anya argued.
But, Saliyuk opposed the application, arguing that even
though the offence was bailable, the nature of the weapon, was dangerous for an
individual to have in his possession.
“My Lord, I object to such bail application because the
suspect by reason of his antecedence, will abscond; it took three years for the
DSS, who have been on his trail to arrest him.
“For individual to possess such a military weapon without
the consent of the president of this country is a very serious offence that
should be treated with all seriousness.
“The suspect had with him ,the RPG Launcher, RPG Charger and
RPG bomb, which are complete for use and such a person should not be
toyed with and I so applied that the application should not be granted, ’’
The judge, Justice Dorcas Agidi, after listening to the
arguments of the two counsel, adjourned ruling on the bail application till