Mechanic Docked For Alleged Cultism Membership

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A 29-year-old mechanic, Kazeem Lawal, was on Thursday arraigned at a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State for allegedly belonging to an unlawful secret society known as “Eiye” confraternity.

Lawal, a resident of Shomolu area of Lagos State, is facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and belonging to an unlawful society; to which he pleaded not guilty.

The prosecutor, ASP Roman Unuigbe, told the court that the defendant committed the offences at 7.30a.m., on Aug. 15, in  Itire area of Lagos State.

Unuigbe said that the defendant and his accomplices who are still at large, conspired to join  a secret cult.

He told the court that the defendant was caught by a vigilance group while he was taking the oath of allegiance to the secret cult and was handed over to the police.

Unuigbe added that the defendant was the only person arrested, as  his other accomplices escaped during the raid.

He said that the offences contravened Sections 411 and 42 (a) 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 offences relating to belonging to an unlawful society while 411 carries two years’ imprisonment for conspiracy.

The defendant was granted bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Adebola Adedayo, said that the sureties must be gainfully employed with an evidence of three years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

The case was adjourned until Sept. 15 for mention.


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