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Suspected ‘Eye’ Confraternity members arraigned in court

By Kayode Olabanji
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Eight suspected members of  Eiye confraternity cult, were on Monday docked at an Akure Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting at Oke-Eda, Akure.

The suspects; Salami Aliu , 27; Afeez Adebayo , 22; Daniel Olatunde, 23;  Afolabi Lukman, 21; Moyegun Adebayo, 23; Oluwole Abiodun, 17; Segundo Abiodun, 19; and Iyaojeoloni Abiodun , 19.

They  were brought before the  Magistrate, Mr. Olanipekun Mayomi, on four count-charge of cultism, unlawfuly possession of locally made guns and breach of the peace.

According to the prosecution, the accused persons, on December 28,  2018 at about 1:00am in Ore in Ondo state Magisterial District, acted in a manner similar to secret cult at Iroju carnival and conducted themselves in a manner likely to cause the breach of the peace by disturbing the public.

Also, on the same day, time and at the aforementioned  district, one of the accused persons, Salami Aliu, was said to have unlawfully had in his possession, a locally made cut to size cartridge gun.

The police prosecutor, Inspector Adeoye Adesegun said the offences were contrary to and punishable under Sections 1(2), 7(1) of the cultism, secret cult and similar activities (prohibition) Cap 39, Vol 2, Laws of the Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006.

He said the  offences also contravened section  249(d)  of the Criminal Code, Cap 37, Vol. 1, Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria,  2006.

Adesegun informed  the court that he had a motion on notice for the remand of the eight accused persons in prison custody.

Chief O.J Ikudaisi, appeared for the 1st accused,  Mr Femi Adetoye, for the 2nd and 4th, Mr Balogun, for the 3rd accused, Mr Adelanke Akinrata, for the 5th accused and Mr A. Y Aliyu, for the 6th, 7th and 8th accused persons.

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Lawyer for  the 1st and 5th accused, Ikudaisi and Akinrata, prayed the court to discountenance the application for remand made by the prosecutor.

The lawyers informed the court of  their counter affidavits filed on behalf of their clients.

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