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  • Updated: May 29, 2024

Taraba: suspects jailed for 10 years for illegal firearms possession 

Taraba: suspects jailed for 10 years for illegal firearms po

Usman Tafi Yau and William Duaknaan have been sent to jail for 10 years in prison without option of fine for illegal possession of firearms.

The two were initially charged with criminal conspiracy, kidnapping, and illegal firearm possession.

The Chief Judge of Taraba State, Justice Joel Agya, who gave the  sentence informed the prosecuting counsel, Madina Kabir, that the evidence presented was insufficient to prove the charges of criminal conspiracy and kidnapping related to the alleged abduction of Mohammed Abba in Chediya Village, Wukari Local Government Area, on March 29, 2020. Consequently, the defendants were acquitted of these charges.

However, the judge found the defendants guilty of illegal firearm possession, citing their confessional statements corroborated by exhibits and witness testimonies.

Counsel for the first and second defendants,  Ibrahim Bawa and Mr. Peter Ibeh, respectively, appealed for leniency, but Justice Agya held that had the prosecution been more thorough, the defendants might have faced the death penalty under the state’s anti-kidnapping laws.

The defendants were arrested at Chediya Village, where they had gone to buy food for themselves and their kidnap victim when they were apprehended by the vigilante group.

“Following the provision of Section 3, sub-section 1 of the robbery and firearms (special provision) Acts 2004, I hereby sentence the convicts to 10 years imprisonment without an option of fine, and the sentence will run from 2020,” he said.

 

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