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12 minors charged with cultism in Lagos

12 minors charged with cultism in Lagos

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By Onozure Dania
Lagos—A 15-year-old student and 11 other minors, students of a Junior
Secondary School in Mushin, were, yesterday, charged before an Ikeja Chief
Magistrate’s court by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, Ikeja, for
alleged cultism.
The other 11 students are between 16 and 17 years old.
A shrine in the kidnappers’ den
The suspects, who were arraigned before Magistrate B. O. Osunsanmi are
facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, membership of gangsters
confraternity, and an unlawful society.
The prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent of Police Simeon Imohnwa told the
court that the students committed the offence last Friday, September 15, at
about 12:30p.m.
Imohnwa said a member of the Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps, LSNC,
Mushin, reported to the Police that he saw the suspects displaying knives
and two cutlasses on their way to attack some students of Igbo-Owu
Secondary School, Mushin.
According to him, they confessed that they belonged to Gangsters
Confraternity.
The prosecutor said the offences are punishable under Sections, 42, 51 and
411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The students, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The defendants’ counsel, Mr. C. C. Igwe, urged the court to grant them bail
in liberal terms, pointing out that they were all minors.
Chief Magistrate Osunsanmi agreed, and granted each defendant N200,000
bail with two sureties in like sum.
She said one of the sureties must be a blood relation and be gainfully
employed.
Osunsanmi, who ordered that they be remanded pending the fulfilment of their
bail conditions, adjourned the case till October 25 for trial.

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