The police have arraigned 18-year-old Akeem Adio and Olojo Adesina, 24, before an Ebute Meta Magistrate’s court for allegedly being members of a secret cult and perpetrating other crimes in Bariga, Lagos State.
It was learnt that the two men were members of a gang of 10 that the police had declared wanted in the area for cult activities.
The seven others had already been arrested and arraigned; while one other was still at large.
The police said Adio and Adesina were responsible for acts of maiming, stealing and gambling.
It was learnt that the mode of operation of the men was to stand at Ajayi Crowther Secondary School, from where they attacked their victims and dispossessed them of their valuables.
Upon their arrest, they were arraigned on 10 counts.
The charges read in part, “That you, Akeem Adio, Olojo Adesina, and others at large on February 11, 2014, at Ajayi Crowther Secondary School gate off St. Finbarrs’ College Road, Akoka Bariga, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did steal one Techno 100 mobile phone value N18, 500, cash sum of N2,000, property of one Obinna Godwin.
“That you and others at large, did assist in the management of unlawful society and use same to intimidate Alao Saka, Jelili Onigemo, Omotosho Ayode, and other innocent members of the community by committing crime.
“That you and others at large sometime in the first week of February, 2014 at about 9pm at Ososa Avenue opposite a mosque in the Lagos Magisterial District, did unlawfully assault Usman Balogun, by inflicting him with bodily injury on his knee.”
The police prosecutor, Inspector Asu Feddy, said the offences were punishable under sections 166, 285, 409, 41, 171, 286 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the offences.
Their defence counsel – Beauty Otughi and Ola Ogunbiyi-asked for their bail in liberal terms.
“The first defendant for instance is a victim of circumstances and does not know about the crime,” Ogunbiyi said.
The magistrate, Mr E.O. Ogunkanmi, admitted them to bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum.
The matter was adjourned till May 6, 2014 for mention.