Lagos - Thirteeen suspected cultists, who
allegedly murdered two men before dumping their bodies in a river, were on
Thursday in Lagos remanded in Ikoyi Prisons.
An Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates' Court which rejected their
plea, said they should be kept behind bars pending advice from the Director of
Public Prosecutions (DPP).
The accused are: Ismail Bello, 26; Shola Jaiyeola, 28;
Kabiru Wahab, 23; Akeem Adeyemo, 36; Monsuru Ojopagogon, 29; David Lasisi, 35
and Bayo Bakare, 30.
Others are Daniel Yosue, 30; Ademola Ayelabowo, 27; Joshua Udoh, 20; Daniel
Adeyemi, 28; Saheed Mohammed, 25; and Wasiu Aborisade, 40.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 13 accused
are facing a six-count charge bordering on conspiracy, murder, membership of
unlawful society, breach of peace and causing grievous harm.
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According to the prosecutor, Cpl. Iyobosa Onaiwu, the
offences were committed on Sept. 27 at about 9.00 p.m. at Maidan Junction, Mile
Two of the accused, Mohammed and Adeyemi, allegedly
killed one Tunde and Okesola Yusuf before dumping their bodies in the Maidan
River in Mile 12, he said.
Onaiwu said the accused, believed to be members of Eye
Confraternity and Federal Boys cult, had been terrorising the public and dispossessing
them of their valuables.
Among the dangerous weapons found in their possession were a
jack knife, cutlasses and matchets.
"Olalekan Olatoye was stabbed on the abdomen, while the
throat of Babatunde Rilwan was slit.’’
Onaiwu noted that the offences violated Sections 41, 42, 221
and 231 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
NAN also reports that the accused may be sentenced to life
imprisonment on conviction.
The Magistrate, Mrs B.O. Ope-Agbe adjourned the case to Nov.