An Accra circuit court presided over by Mr Aboagye Tandoh has remanded into BNI custody seven persons for allegedly possessing firearms without a permit.
The accused are Issah Suale, Mahama Saani Muftawu, Mohammed Alhassan, Alhassan Abdul-Dayan, Abdulai Ibrahim Wumpini, Umar Ibrahim Alhassan and Andani Mohammed Taufiq, who were charged with, illegal possession of firearms, organizing a military training or exercise without the permission of the President, and acting in a manner purposed to encourage others in possession of firearms without lawful excuse.
The seven were denied bail by the court despite a passionate appeal from their counsel, Alex Mante, who argued that the charges brought against his clients were bailable.
Aboagye Tandoh, denied the suspects of the bail request.
Issah Suale, Mahama Saani Muftawu and Iddrisu Ibrahim were accused of possessing two AK 47 assault rifles on the 24 December, 2015 without lawful excuse at Dzantong-Daboise near Salaga.
The three were also accused of coming together for the purpose of military training or exercise in military weapon handling without the permission of the President of the land or official authorized by law to give such permission.
On the other hand, Mohammed Alhassan, nurse, Alhassan Abdul-Dayan, teacher, Abdulai Ibrahim Wumpini, auto mechanic, Umar Ibrahim Alhassan, auto mechanic, and Andani Mohamed Toufiq, teacher, were accused of “acting in a manner purposed to encourage Issah Suale, Mahama Saani Muftawu and Iddrisu Ibrahim in possession of firearms without lawful excuse”.
The accused persons, except Alhassan Abdul-Dayan, who is a teacher-student of the Valley View University College, Techiman Campus, are members of Tabligh brothers, an international mobile preacher’s wing of Sunni Muslims.
The court was told that on December 24, 2015, Issah Suale, Mahama Saani Muftawu, and Iddrisu Ibrahim arrived at Dzantong-Daboise village near Salaga on two motorbikes with a package tied on one of the bikes.
Their suspicious behavior made the youth alerted the police who arrested Issah Suale and Mahama Saani Muftawu while Iddrisu Ibrahim escaped. Upon a search on them, two AK 47 assault rifles were found to be the content of their package.
One other person, Iddrisu Ibrahim, a teacher, is currently on the run.
The seven have been scheduled to reappear on January 19, 2016.