Illegal Firearms Possession: Ex-NISA Boss, Jolapamo, faces arraignment On Dec. 2  

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A Federal High Court in Lagos has adjourned till December 2, 2022, the arraignment of  founding President of the Nigerian Shipowners Association (NISA), Chief Isaac Jolapamo, over alleged illegal possession of firearms. 

Several attempts to arraign the shipping magnate before the court were stalled due to his absence in court. 

Last Friday when the matter was mentioned, Police prosecutor, Anthony Iyeye, told the court that the matter was for arraignment and for the Defendant to take his plea. 

However, Jolapamo’s counsel, Mr. Femi Falana SAN told the court that the defendant has been hospitaliszed, due to ill- health consequently he was not in court to take him plea. 

Falana also tendered a medical report before the court to authenticate his submission. 

Though the prosecutor insisted that the defendant must be brought to court, and that he was not aware of his ailment.  

Consequently, the presiding Judge Yelin Bogoro stood down the matter for five minutes to enable the prosecutor confirm if the Defendant would be brought to court,or not. 

Following consultations with the Investigating Police Officer, IPO, the prosecutor informed the court that the IPO confirmed to him that the Defendant was not with him, and will not be presented in court. 

He then urged the court to adjourn the suit to enable the Defendant attend to his trial. 

Thereafter, Justice Bogoro adjourned the suit till December 2, 2022 for the defendant to be  arraigned. 

 In a three count charge number FHC/L/404c/22 filed before the court,it was alleged that  Chief Isaac Jolapamo was  in possession of several  Firearms namely, Mar-22  Calibre Rife, pump-action firearm, and a Double-barrell, all without lawful authorisation. 

The charge as filed against the defendant: “That you Mr. Isaac Jolapamo ‘M‘, sometime in March 2021 in Ikoyi, , Lagos State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did commit a felony, to wit; unlawful possession of Mar-22 Calibre Rifle with reference number 967475; you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 3, and punishable under section 27(1)(a)(i) of the Firearms Act. 

“That you Mr. Isaac Jolapamo ‘M’, sometime in March 2021 in Ikoyi,  Lagos State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did commit a | felony, to wit; unlawful possession of Pump-Action with reference number 9331425, you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 4 and punishable under section 27(1)(b)(i) of the Firearms Act. 

“That you, Mr. Isaac Jolapamo ‘M’, sometime in March 2021 in Ikoyi, Lagos State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did commit a  felony, to wit: unlawful possession of Double-barrell gun; you thereby ‘committed an offence contrary to section 4 and punishable under section 127 (1)(b)(i) of the Firearms Act.” 

 

 

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