Lagos - Eight alleged cultist charged with slitting the throat of one Meschack Ekpeyong have been remanded by the order of an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates' Court in Lagos on Tuesday.
The accused were arraigned before Magistrate K.O. Ariyo.
The accused are: Biodun Olaide (25), Aliu Asisa (26), Sunday Nwakulite (27), Michael Odubamise (22), Bashiru Rilwan (20) and Adetayo Adegboye (24).
The others are Abu Mohammed (19) and Ayomide Surulere (18).
The eight accused are facing trial on a four-count charge bordering on murder, conspiracy and belonging to a secret cult.
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However, Ariyo said the plea of the accused would not be taken until the Director of Public Prosecutions’ (DPP) advice on the case was sought.
"I order that the accused persons be remanded at the Ikoyi prisons until this court gets the advice on jurisdiction to hear the case from the Director of Public Prosecutions’," Ariyo said.
Earlier, the Prosecutor, Insp. Victor Eruada, told the court that the offences were committed on July 25, at 7.00 a.m., at Ago-Owu Street, Ilaje, Bariga.
Eruada said that that the eight men belonged to the "Eiye Confraternity", a cult group, and had slit the throat of Ekpeyong during one of their operations.
The offences, according to the prosecutor, contravene Sections 41, 42(a), 221 and 231 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The case was adjourned till September 7 pending advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions.