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Court Adjourned Hearing Of Case Against Pastor Allegedly Preaching On Pulpit With AK-47 To May 2

A Magistrates’ Court sitting in Zuba, Abuja, has fixed May 2 for the continuation of hearing of a case brought by the Nigeria Police against a Pastor accused of bearing AK 47rifle during church service.

The court has considered a new date due to absence of the defence counsel, Mr Uche Uzukwu.

The pastor and two others were charged before the court for illegal possession of prohibited firearms.

It was gathered that the police charged Uche Aigbe, Promise Ukachukwu and Olakunle Ogunleye with Criminal conspiracy, illegal possession of prohibited firearm, inciting disturbance and criminal intimidation which they pleaded not guilty to.

Revealed, at the resumed trial, the Magistrate, Abdulaziz Ismail brought to the attention of the court a letter written by Uzukwu seeking an adjournment.

Ismail said that the adjournment was at the instance of the defence counsel who was absent due to a matter he had at the election tribunal.

He adjourned the matter in the interest of justice to May 2 for hearing.

Recall the police had alleged that the defendants, all of House on the Rock, the Refuge Church, Wuye, Abuja conspired amongst themselves to obtain an illegal AK47 rifle on 12 February.

The prosecuting counsel, Mr James Idachaba said that the defendants got the firearm from Insp. Musa Audu, attached to Wuye Division, posted on guard duty at the said church.

He added that the defendants used the firearm for an illustration while preaching a sermon about faith in the church.

The prosecuting counsel said the defendants made inciting and intimidating statements to the congregation that could cause alarm and breach of peace.

The offence, he said, was punishable under Section III of the Firearms Act CAP F28, LFN 2004 and contravened Section 97, 114 and 397 of the Penal Code.

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