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Two Nigerians refused bail on public interest

By Hawa Amara

Two Nigeria nationals have been refused as a result of “pubic interest”, according to presiding magistrate of the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No. 2, Komba Kamanda.

The duo – Paul Eke Chukwu and Prince Duru Kenneth – appeared in court again last week in the ongoing preliminary investigation in respect of an alleged robbery  incident, following the discovery of firearms and a giant cutter at a secret location in Grafton.

Magistrate Kamanda was responding to a bail application by defence counsel C.F. Edwards, subsequent to the former committing the matter to the High Court for trial.

Magistrate Kamanda further stated that although Mr. C.F. Edwards, Esq. had made a no case submission during the preliminary investigation, arguing that the prosecution had failed to link the accused to the offence because they men were not found in physical possession of the weapon, the evidence adduced by four witnesses was sufficient to warrant a committal.

He said the evidence was incontrovertible that the two Nigerians owned the gun and giant cutter, and that second accused (Prince) had bought the giant cutter which they intended to use for armed robbery and terrorise the public, hence his decision, based on “public interest” to commit the matter to the High Court.

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