A Chief Magistrates Court in Lagos presided over by
Magistrate I. O. Omotosho yesterday turned down an oral application of a lawyer, Mr. Rotimi Seriki, to bar journalists from covering the ongoing trial of ‎his client, Mr. Sulaiman Sanusi, one of the sons of late business mogul, Chief Abdul-Rasak Sanusi, who was arraigned before the court over alleged illegal possession of fire arms.
Seriki had orally applied to the magistrate to stop journalists from covering the criminal suit on the ground that the stories reported by the journalists were untrue.
Rasaki informed the court that such publications had become embarrassing to the accused.
Seriki also informed the court that his client had been receiving threat messages.
In turning down the counsel’s oral application to bar journalists from covering the proceedings, the magistrate said the court was a public place, and that she could not stop journalists from covering court proceedings.
Magistrate Omotosho, however, asked the counsel to formally file an application to that regard.
Sulaiman Sanusi, 48, is facing one count charge bordering on unlawful possession of fire arms preferred against him by the police.
The police prosecutor, Inspector Steven Molo informed the court that the accused committed the offence on October 16, 2014, at No 2, Akanni Doherty Street, off Oba Akran Road, Ikeja, Lagos.
Molo informed the court that an unregistered Dane gun which length is 46 inches and overall length of 64 inches was found in the possession of the accused, which he could not give a satisfactory explanation of how it got to his possession.
The offence, according to the prosecutor, is punishable under ‎section 27 (a) law of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, as amended.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him.
Magistrate Omotosho therefore granted the defendant bail and adjourned the matter to October 29 for trial.

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