NEWS DIGEST – The police on Thursday arraigned five men in a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court , Lagos, for allegedly belonging to an unlawful societies and terrorising their neighbourhoods,
The defendants, Joliphus Mayomi; 18; Tanimowo Soji; 19; Taofeek Oke; 19; Akeem Dauda; 20 and Adeleye Lekan; 20, are charged with four counts of conspiracy, belonging to unlawful society and breach of the peace.
They, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Prosecutor, ASP Roman Unuigbe, told the court that the defendants committed the offence at 5.45 p.m. on March 19, at Mowo area of Badagry, near Lagos.
Unuigbe alleged that Dauda and Lekan, were members of an unlawful society known as “Marindoti” confraternity, while Soji, Oke and Mayomi, were suspected to be members of “Flash Money Boys” confraternity.
He said that the defendants were arrested while chanting war songs and disturbing the peace of the community.
“My Lord, they were having a meeting and they set up a bon fire on the road, where they were singing and disturbing the area.
“The residents of Mowo were the ones that reported the situation at the police station which led to the raid and consequent arrests.
“Some of them, however escaped during the raid,” he said.
The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 411, 42 (a) and 168 (d) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2015 (Revised).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 42 (a) stipulates a three-year jail term for offence relating to unlawful society.
Chief Magistrate Peter Ojo, admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N100,000 each with two sureties each in like sum.
Ojo ordered that the sureties must be gainfully employed and should show ian evidence of three years tax payments to the Lagos State Government.
The case was adjourned until May 3 for mention.(NAN)