The trial of a 45-year-old man, Mr Michael Ernest, arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrate’s Court over alleged illegal importation of explosives has been stalled following inability of prosecutor to produce the accused person.
Ernest, who was arraigned before Magistrate E.O Ogunkanmi on April 3, 2012 for allegedly being in possession of 10 packages of 1.4 explosive substances without a valid licence, was said to have been trapped in the crisis torn Kaduna State, hence his inability to appear in court when his case came up for hearing.
Police prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent Lawrence Mamah, had alleged that Ernest was arrested at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport on March 16 when he was caught with the prohibited items, adding that the accused was also caught with a blasting machine. He had claimed that Ernest was intercepted on arrival at the airport from South Africa. Ogunkanmi had granted Ernest bail in the sum of N700,000 with two sureties.
Ernest’s Counsel, Mr A.M. Nwosu, said his client who resides at 64, Pana Road, Sabon Tasha, Kaduna, Kaduna State had not been able to travel down from Kaduna, to make an appearance before the court for the commencement of trial due to the crises in the state, prompting the magistrate to adjourn the matter to August 8 for commencement of trial.