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Police arraign five men for alleged conspiracy, breach of peace

By Yetunde Ayobami Ojo
31 August 2022   |   3:14 am
For alleged conspiracy, land grabbing, unlawful assault and conduct likely to cause a breach of the public peace, five men were yesterday arraigned before a Lagos Magistrate Court

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For alleged conspiracy, land grabbing, unlawful assault and conduct likely to cause a breach of the public peace, five men were yesterday arraigned before a Lagos Magistrate Court, sitting in Yaba.

     
The suspects: Temitope Alabi; Sulaimon Shomorin; Adedamola Joseph; Adewale Daudu and Nuru Alowonle were arraigned by the men of Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (Force CIID) Alagbon-Ikoyi, Lagos.
   
The prosecutor, Mr. Morufu Animashaun, in the suit marked A/80/2022, informed the court that the defendants conspired among themselves to commit the crimes on August 23 at 34, Ferguson Osagie Street, Ayobo, Lagos State.
 
He told the court that the defendants procured armed thugs, and hoodlums and invaded land belonging to the Soremekun family, being managed by one Hassan Alli on behalf of Soremekun’s family in Ayobo.
 
The prosecutor further told the court that the first defendant, Alabi, assaulted one  Alli, and caused him bodily harm, by injuring him on the toe. 
 
He added that the unlawful acts of the defendants caused the people of Ferguson Osiage Street, Ayobo, Lagos State, its environs to be in reasonable fear.
 
According to prosecution counsel, their offences contravened Sections 412; 44; 173; 52 and 168 (d) of the Criminal Law Cap C17 Vol.3 Laws of Lagos State 2015, and were punishable under section 168 (2) of the same law.  But the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.
 
Following their plea, the prosecutor asked the court for a trial date. He equally urged the court to remand the defendants to Nigerian Correctional Services (NCoS) till the determination of charges against them.
 
However, counsel to the defendants, S. A. Adewale, while moving his client’s bail application, urged the court to admit them to bail in the most liberal terms.
 
Magistrate A. Y. Adefope, who stood in for Magistrate A. O. Olatunbosun (Ms) granted them bail in the sum of N500, 000, each, with two sureties in like sum.
 
The Magistrate also ordered that the sureties must be residents of Lagos State, one of them must have a blood relation with each of the defendants, adding that one of them must be an employee of the Lagos State government. 
 
Also, the Magistrate further ordered that the sureties must provide a six-month statement of account, with evidence of three years of tax payment to the Lagos State government, NIN and proof of gainful employment.
 
Magistrate Adefope, while adjourning the matter to September 26, for the mention, ordered the defendants to be remanded in NCoS’ custody, pending the perfection of their bail terms.