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Three suspected cultists arraigned in Lagos

27 February 2014, 18:27

Lagos - Three suspected cultists, who allegedly damaged property worth N3.65 million, were on Wednesday charged before an Ojo Magistrates' Court in Lagos.

The accused -- Abel Walter, 36; Ifeanyi Asubike, 25; and Mohammed Jimoh, 33 -- are facing a five-count charge of conspiracy, theft, assault, breach of peace, damage and unlawful involvement in a secret cult.

The prosecutor, ASP Godwin Eze, told the court that the accused committed the offences on February 9 at No. 3, Oba Goriola St., Sabo in Ajangbadi area of Ojo, Lagos.

According to Eze, the accused caused a breach of peace and also assaulted one Uche Obi, the Managing Director of Labana Exclusive Lounge, his employees and customers.

He said the men used also broken bottles to attack them.

He added that the accused also destroyed drinks and furniture as well as stole cash, all valued at N3.65 million, property of Obi.

"The accused were also involved in a secret cult known as "ARO BERGER", whose activities are not in the interest of the state.’’

The prosecutor said the offences contravened Sections 40, 166, 171, 337 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The accused, however, pleaded innocence of the offences.

The Magistrate, Taslimi Shomade, granted the accused bail in the sum of N3 million each with two sureties each in like sum.

The case was adjourned to March 10 for mention.

-  NAN

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