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Man in court for possessing arms and ammunitions

Man in court for possessing arms and ammunitions

A machine operator, Nicholas Issah Ativi, alias Mawutor Mawuli, was brought before an Accra Circuit Court last Monday for allegedly possessing  two unauthorised locally made shot guns, two machetes, three jack knives and six daggers in his house at Odawna, Accra.

These items were discovered after the police became suspicious of his behaviour at a checkpoint mounted near the New Times Corporation  and escorted him to his house for checks.

 Facts of the case

The prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Emmanuel Haligah, who presented the case, stated that during last year’s Christmas festivities, the police embarked on a special operation to ensure peace before, during and after  the celebrations.

ASP Haligah added that Ativi acted suspiciously during one of such operations .This alarmed the police who arrested and handed him over to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) for further investigations on January 16, 2023.

During the investigations, Ativi was taken to his house for a search by the CID, it was then that the illegal firearms, machetes and knives were discovered and seized.

When asked about the items, he was said to have admitted they were his and said he bought the three jack knives from the Dabala market in the Volta Region, and two machetes from the Timber Market in Accra.

Ativi however claimed he manufactured  the two shotguns and five daggers at his  metal workshop, the prosecutor added.

He  has now been charged for possessing these items without proper authorisation. When questioned by the court presided over by Her Worship Evelyn Asamoah, he said he did not commit the act and pleaded not guilty .

The judge upon hearing the arguments on both sides granted Ativi a GH₵50,000.00 bail with one surety who should be living within the area. The case has been adjourned to February 8, 2023 .


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