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Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Police arraign 5 suspected cult members over alleged public disorder

The police in Lagos on Tuesday docked five men at the Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly belonging to a secret cult and causing mayhem in public.

The accused: Ibrahim Lateef, 25; Adebiyi Dauda, 30; Samuel Johnson,33; Deji Ayola,25 and Femi Olagoke,26, are each facing charges bordering on the breach of the peace and belonging to a secret cult.

The Prosecutor, Sgt. Benedict Aigbokhim, said that the accused committed the offences on May 26 at about 12:20 a.m., at Ogunoluwa Street in Bariga area of Lagos State.

Aigbokhim said that the accused were also suspected members of a cult popularly known as ``O-Strong``.

He said the accused were involved in disrupting the peace of Bariga residents on May 26.

He said their offences contravened Sections 40 and 166 (d) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 166(d) prescribes that every person who, in any public place, conducts himself in a manner likely to cause a breach of the peace is liable to a fine of N15,000 for the first offence.

The section also says that the offender is liable to a fine of N45,000 or imprisonment for three months for every subsequent offence.

The accused persons, however, pleaded not guilty.

The Magistrate, Mrs Bola Folarin-Williams, granted each of the accused N50, 000 bail with two sureties each in like sum.

She adjourned the case till June 25 for mention. (NAN)

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