The police in Ekiti State on Wednesday arraigned a 42-year-old man, Oyemuyibi Olatunde, before an Ado-Ekiti Magistrates’ Court over alleged unlawful possession of a locally-made gun.
The defendant is standing trial on a charge of unlawful possession of firearms.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the prosecutor, Insp Johnson Okunade, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on July 3 at about 2:20pm at King’s market in Ado-Ekiti.
He alleged that the defendant, who is a member of a vigilance group keeping watch at the market, was found with the gun that was not licenced.
The prosecutor said the defendant was reported to the police by the market women when he was allegedly threatening them to pay him for the service rendered.
Okunade said the offence contravened Section 27(b) 1 of the Firearms Act, Law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 2004.
The prosecutor asked the court for an adjournment to enable him study the case file and present his witnesses.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against him.
His counsel, Mr Timi Omotosho urged the court to grant him bail, with a promise that he would not jump bail.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr Adesoji Adegboye, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N250,000, with one surety in like sum.
Adegboye adjourned the case till Aug. 9 for hearing.