Lagos - Six men believed to be political
thugs, who allegedly conspired with others still at large and invaded the
inauguration venue of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Executive Committee to
cause mayhem, were on Wednesday released on N300,000 bail on the order of an
Ikeja Magistrates’ Court.
The accused are Tunde Edward, 53; Chika Ekwugha, 26; Mojeed
Salami, 51; residents of Ifako-Ijaiye; Hakeem Odunewu, 57; Lukmon Laguda, 53, a
resident of Iju-Ishaga, a Lagos suburb, and Isaac Adepoju of Oke-Ira, Ogba in
They are facing charges of conspiracy, possession of
dangerous weapons and breach of public peace.
The prosecutor, Sgt. Babaji Ishaku, said the accused with 20
others still at large invaded a PDP inauguration venue with some dangerous
Ishaku said the offences were committed on Oct. 14 at about
4.30 p.m. at Block 61, Flat 5, Ifako-Ijaiye Housing Estate, Pen Cinema,
He alleged that a man, Laguda Lukmon, who is still at large,
mobilized the accused persons armed with broken bottles, stones, sticks and a
substance suspected to be an acid harassed and threatened PDP members at the
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“The PDP members and the complainant,Kehinde Koku were
holding meetings and inaugurating the state executive committee of the party at
“Suddenly, the accused persons invaded the venue of the
inauguration, harassing and threatening the party members with some dangerous
“The party members fled the scene and reported the incident
to the police which led to the arrest of the accused persons.”
The offences contravened Sections 166, 327 and 409 of the
Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The six accused persons, however, pleaded not guilty.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 327
prescribes six months for unlawful possession of dangerous weapons, while
Section 409 stipulates two years imprisonment for conspiracy.
The Senior Magistrate, Mr J.A. Adegun, granted each of the
accused persons bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties each in like sum.
He adjourned the case to Nov. 4 for mention.