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An Ilorin Magistrates’ Court on Thursday remanded two businessmen, Olanrewaju Jimoh and Rotimi Bolade, in prison custody over unlawful possession of firearms.

The Magistrate, Mr Abdulraheem Bello, ordered the remanded of the accused at the Federal Prison Yard, Oke-Kura, Ilorin, and adjourned the case till Dec. 19 for further mention.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Insp Yusuf Akeem, had told the court that the accused were arrested following a tip-off to the Federal-Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SAR).

He said the accused were arrested at Gaa Akanbi area of Ilorin and an English made pump gun with number 331539 and four rounds of live cartridges, as well as some quantity of Indian hemp, were recovered from them.

Akeem added that during police investigation, the accused persons could not give a satisfactory account of themselves.

He said that the duo were arraigned on a four-count charge of criminal conspiracy, armed robbery, unlawful possession of firearms and being in a possession of weeds suspected to be Indian hemp.

The prosecutor said the offences contravened Sections 6(B), 1(2) and 3(1) of the Armed Robbery and Firearms (Special Provision) Act Cap R11, Law of Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The prosecutor prayed the court to remand the accused in prison custody pending the outcome of an investigation.

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