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Mother's Burial: Suspected Illegal Arms Importer Loses Bid To Secure Bail

***As Court Insists Alleged Offence Threatens National Security 

By Francis Iwuchukwu, Lagos

A motion filed by Oscar Okafor, one of the defendants facing trial on alleged illegal importation of 661 pump action rifles into the country, was today (Wednesday) thrown out by Justice Ayokunle Faji of a Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos State, Nigeria.

Okafor in the failed application had sought for the court's permission to attend his late mother's burial.

In destroying the application for bail, Justice Faji declared that the charges which the applicant is standing trial for is one that affects national security which is above any other interest(s).

It would be recalled that Okafor is answering questions to his alleged involvement illegally in the importation of 661 pump action rifles alongside Hassan Mahmud, Salisu Abdulahi Danjuma, alongside Donatus Ezebunwa Achinulo and Matthew Okoye, said to be at large, and a company,  Mahmud Hassan Trading Company Limited.

Specifically, the defendants were slammed with  charges bordering on illegal importation of fire arms, conspiracy, forgery and altering of documents, offering of graft to government officials and importation of prohibited goods by the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF).

According to the prosecutor, Julius Ajakaiye, the offence(s) are contrary to and punishable under sections 3(6),1(14)(a)(I) 1(2) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap. M17, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004. And section 98(1) (b) of the Criminal Code Act.

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