Fed Govt opposes bail for suspected illegal arms importers

The Nigeria Lawyer

ATTORNEY-General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami (SAN) yesterday opposed bail applications by two businessmen, Ayogu James and Ifeuwa Moses, who were arraigned at the Federal High Court in Lagos for allegedly importing 1,570 pump action rifles illegally. Prosecuting counsel/director in the Federal Ministry of Justice Mr. Julius Ajakaiye said the alleged offence was grave. Defence counsel Mahmud Mogaji (SAN) and Wale Adesokan (SAN) urged the court to grant their clients bail on liberal terms. They disagreed with the prosecution's contention that the case bordered on national security, adding that the defendants would not interfere with the witnesses or jump bail. But, Ajakaiye urged the court to dismiss the bail applications for the sake of national security. He cited appellate court decisions in which similar bail applications were dismissed of the ground of national security. Ajakaiye said Moses, who allegedly shipped the illegal firearms, was elusive for more than a year and was eventually arrested by security agencies.