3 Suspected Cultists Remanded Over Alleged Murder
A Tinubu Chief Magistrate Court, Lagos, today, ordered the remand of three men suspected to be members of a cult group, Eiye Confraternity Society, who allegedly murdered two people, two people in the custody of Nigerian Correctional Services (NCoS), pending a legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) on the charges brought against them by the police.
The cult members ordered to be remanded by the court presided over by Magistrate Ademola Paul are; Okiki Raji, Okelia ThankGod 20 and Seun Ademakin 27.
They were brought before the court on charges bordering on conspiracy and murder.
In urging the court to remand the suspected Cultists pending legal advice from the DPP, Police Counsel, Inspector Abraham Fadipe, told the court that the suspected Cultists committed the alleged offences on February 20, 2021, at Gbara market, Ajah area of Lagos.
The prosecutor said that the defendants who belong to an unlawful society known as Eiye confraternity, did engaged in disorderly and indecent manner and caused treat to the neighbourhood and the general public in Gbara Town.
Fadipe said the defendants while armed with pistol, cutlasses, axes and other dangerous weapons unlawfully killed one Kevin with axe and cutlass.
The prosecutor also told the court that the defendants, on the same day, at about 3pm, at Celestial Church Gbara Town in Ajah, while armed with locally made pistol, cutlasses, axes and other dangerous weapons unlawfully killed one Moses.
According to prosecutor, the offences committed are contrary to and punishable under Sections 411 and 223, of the criminal laws of Lagos state 2015.
The defendants plea was not taken, on the ground of jurisdiction
Consequently, Magistrate Ademola ordered that they be remanded in prison custody, pending, legal advice from DPP. While adjourned the matter till August 30.
In a related development, three suspected armed robbers, who were brought before the court were also ordered to be remanded in the custody of Nigerian Correctional Services (NCoS), till when DPP will issue a legal advice on the allegations made against them.
The three men were; Seun Adeniyi 27, Johson Oke 22 and Olamide Showunmi 25.
Magistrate Ademola Paul, remanded them following a remand request brought before the court by the police, pursuant to Section 264 (1) and (2), of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law 2015.
The three suspected armed are to face two counts charge of conspiracy and armed robbery.
The prosecutor, inspector Abraham Fadipe, told the court that the three men and other still at large conspired among themselves commit armed robbery, at Ikate area of Ajah, between March 11 and16, 2021.
In urging the court to grant the remand application, the prosecutor, Inspector Abraham Fadipe said; “Johnson Oke and Olamide Showumi, and others at large on March 16, 2021, while armed with dangerous weapon, did robbed one Kehinde Macaulay and carted away her belongs.
“The defendants robbed Macaulay of her handbag containing Motorola phone valued N110,000, Nokia phone valued N7,500, three Automated Teller Machine (ATM) Cards, driver’s license, company identify card, two HP black laptops, with chargers, valued N504,000, property of Hudson Pacific energy, Limited”.
The prosecutor told the court that the offences committed by the Suspects are contrary to and punishable under Sections 1 (2) (b), of the robbery and firearms(special provision) Act Cap R 11, laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.
The suspects’ plea was not taken.
Magistrate Paul, however remanded them in prison custody, pending the out come of the legal advice from the DPP, while adjourned the case till August 16, 2021, for the outcome of the legal advice.