He said that the defendants allegedly assisted in the management of an unlawful secret society known as “Eye and Aye”. He also informed the court that the defendants were allegedly found smoking weeds suspected to be Indian hemp, thereby polluting the atmosphere for the people living in that environs
For allegedly belonging to members of an unlawful confraternity, a Ghanaian and 12 Nigerians were on Wednesday arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
The defendants who were also alleged to be in possession of dangerous weapons and charms are: Gabriel Owolo, 24, Obasesan Bassey, 28, Confidence Onyegbulam, 24, Akin John, 22, Simon Sunday, 19, Bitrus Markus, 22, Obakunle Afeez, 26.
Others include Femi Emmanuel, 28, Abubakar Abdulahi, 35, Akeem Olusegun, 51, Adedakun Samuel, 21, Nana Antwi, 38, and Paul Ekeh, 24.
The defendants are facing a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy, belonging to unlawful society, possession of dangerous weapons and carrying out unlawful business.
The Prosecutor, Inspector Feddy Asu, told the court that the defendant’s committed the alleged offences on December 14, 2015, at White Sand area of Falomo, Ikoyi, Lagos.
He said that the defendants allegedly assisted in the management of an unlawful secret society known as “Eye and Aye”. He also informed the court that the defendants were allegedly found smoking weeds suspected to be Indian hemp, thereby polluting the atmosphere for the people living in that environs.
He said that the substance the defendants were allegedly smoking was harmful to the health of the people living there.
Asu further alleged that the defendants were also unlawfully in possession of weapons namely: knives, cutlass, and a charm without any lawful excuse, adding that the said instruments were suspected to be used to commit an offence.
According to him the offences committed is punishable under sections 41, 164 (a), 310 (c), and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. When the charge was read to the defendants they all pleaded not guilty.
The Magistrate, Mr P. A. Adekumaiya granted them bail in the sum of N50, 000 each with one suret each in like sum. He ordered that the surety must deposit the sum of N50, 000 to the court registrar’s account for security purposes and adjourned the case to January 28, 2016 for mention.
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