The Ogun State police Command on Monday arraigned three suspected cultists before an Ota Chief Magistrate Court for belonging to an unlawful society and conspiracy.
The accused persons, John Paul, 19, Babatunde James, 28, and Tosin Yusuf, 22 pleaded not guilty to the two count charge.
The police prosecutor, Sgt. Abdulkareem Mustapha, informed the court that the accused and others still at large, committed the offences on July 4, at 2pm at Kolas area, Cashier Bus-Stop, Itele, Ota.
The accused and others, according to the prosecutor, belong to a secret society identified as “Aiye Confraternity” and had been creating fear in the minds of the community by carrying cutlass in the public.
Mustapha said the offences contravened Sections 5 and 80 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ogun, 2006.
In his ruling, the Chief Magistrate, Matthew Akinyemi, granted each of the defendants bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties each in like sum.
The sureties, the Chief Magistrate ruled, must reside within the court’s jurisdiction, be gainfully employed and must show evidence of tax payment to Ogun Government as part of the bail conditions.
The case was adjourned until Aug. 7, for further hearing.
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