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06.12.2004 Crime & Punishment

Two remanded for possessing firearms

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Accra, Dec. 6, GNA - An Accra Circuit Court on Monday remanded two persons charged with conspiracy and possessing four assorted weapons of the Ghana Armed Forces without lawful authority.

Jimmy Jafa and Kwasi Niayamor, both traders, are alleged to have bought two M 16 rifles and two Makarov pistols for their business partners in the Northern Region for 15 million cedis.

Jafa and Niayamor, whose pleas were not taken, would re-appear on December 21. This is to enable the Police to carry out further investigations into the matter.

The case of the Prosecution was that Jafa and Niayamor, who are friends and hailed from the Kokomba area in the Northern Region, decided to purchase weapons for sale to their business partners in the Northern Region.

The Prosecution said the accused persons, therefore, contacted a witness in the case. This witness also contacted a military officer, whose name is being withheld, for the weapons.

The Prosecution said the military officer informed his Superiors about the deal while the Criminal and Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service and Military Defence Intelligence were also alerted. On December 3, immediately the suspects had purchased the two M 16 rifles and two Makarov pistols for 15 million cedis in Witness' room at Kakasunanka, near Michel Camp, they were arrested. 06 Dec. 04

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