Lagos - A Yaba Magistrates' Court in Lagos on Tuesday remanded six persons, suspected to be thugs during the Ajah crisis at the Ikoyi Prisons.
The Magistrate, Mr P.A. Adekomaya, ordered that the defendants be remanded at the Ikoyi Prisons pending legal advice from the office of the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions.
The defendants are Murisiku Ojupon, 60; Muka Abereoje, 66; Kolawole Lawal, 45; Olufemi Banike, 25; Wasiu Bajulaye, 30 and Godson Ulinfoh, 23.
The men are facing 17-count charge of arson, murder, breach of peace and unlawful assembly.
The officer-in-charge of the Legal Department of the State CID, Panti, SP Chukwu Agwu, told the court that the defendants allegedly committed the offences between Nov, 27 and Nov. 28 at No. 1 Ajah Ilaje, Double Close, Ajah, Lagos.
Agwu said that the accused persons conspired to burn several houses within the period.
"The defendants unlawfully set fire to the houses of Segun Adejimi, Emmanuel Ibeh, Adeogo Omoboye, Festus Ovia, Tomisen Omosaye, Isaac Adetutu, Peter Chimeodo, Felix Adejemi, Moses Omotehishe, Micheal Adejimi and Atinuke Ayeni.
"They also unlawfully shot one Martin Egang, who had tried to stop them,’’ he said.
Agwu further said that the defendants unlawfully gathered together and were acting in a disorderly manner, disturbing the peace and causing fear in the neighbourhood.
He said that the pump action gun used was without valid licence issued by the appropriate authority.
Agwu said the offences contravened section 27 of the Robbery and Firearms Act, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria and sections 44, 45, 221,231,339 and 409 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Lagos State.
The pleas of the defendants were not taken by the court.
Adekomaya adjourned the case till Jan. 21 for mention.