The federal government yesterday tendered in court weapons, including two AK 47 rifles, allegedly recovered from a lecturer at the Kogi State University, Dr. Nazeef Yunus and two others standing trial in Abuja for alleged terrorism activities.
Yunus, a lecturer in Arabic and Islamic Studies at the Kogi State University, Umar Musa and Salami Abdullahi are being tried before Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court, Abuja on an eight-count charge.
Yesterday, the prosecution led by Mrs. N.B Jones -Nebo, tendered the items through the third prosecution witness, an exhibit keeper with the Department of State Service (DSS).
The items include 60 live ammunition, two magazines and two AK47 rifles.
Although the defence lawyers including Hassan Liman (SAN), James Ocholi (SAN) and Abdul Mohammed objected to the admission of the riffles as exhibits by the court, arguing that there were discrepancies in the witness’ description of the rifles, Justice Kolawole overruled their objection and admitted the rifles and other items as exhibits in the case.
The judge upheld the prosecution lawyer’s counter-argument that since the witness had suffiently identified the rifles as those retrieved from the accused persons and kept in his custody, the objection raised by the defence was misconceived and unnecessary.
Justice Kolawole held in a ruling that the defence lawyers failed to show that the serial numbers with which the witness identified the rifles were not correct.
He further held that the additional numbers seen on the riffles by the defence lawyers did not distract from the fact that the riffles were those identified by the witness.
On Ocholi’s argument that there was no label on the rifles to show that they were AK 47, the judge held that Ocholi was wrong to have expected the witness, introduced as an exhibit keeper, to think as a ballistic /weapon expert.
He held that the defence’ “ground of objection was not well founded.
“In conclusion, the AK47 are admitted in evidence and marked as exhibits UMA1 and UMA2.”
He adjourned to September 25 for further hearing and ordered that the accused persons be returned to the Kuje prison, Abuja, where they have been remanded since late last year when they were arrested.
News Source: Tobi Soniy http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/fg-tenders-two-ak47-rifles-retrieved-from-kogi-university-lecturer-two-others/183184/