Court remands siblings, one other for allegedly belonging to secret society

Posted by News Express | 7 July 2020 | 561 times

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An Ile-Ife Magistrates’ Court in Osun, on Monday, remanded one Femi Abiola, 30; Tope Abiola, 28 and Stephen James, 28, for allegedly belonging to a secret society.

The Prosecutor, Insp Sunday Osanyintuyi, told the court that the defendants committed the offence on July 5, at about 6:25 pm. at Oranmiyan area, Atiba and London Street, Ile-Ife.

Osanyintuyi said that the defendants conspired among themselves to belong to a secret society called Aye-e Confraternity, thus disturbing the peaceful atmosphere of Ile-Ife.

He added that the defendants had in their possession substance suspected to be Indian hemp, worth 5kg which they were smoking.

The prosecutor said that the defendants unlawfully assembled themselves in such a manner that caused fear to the people of the area and that they were disturbing the peaceful coexistence of the people.

According to him, the offence contravenes Sections 3, 4, 62(A), 63(B), 69 and 70 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Osun, 2002.

The Defence Counsel, Mrs Comfort Eyiolawi, applied for bail for the defendants in the most liberal term, pledging that his clients would not jump bail, but would provide reliable sureties.

Magistrate A. A. Adebayo granted the bail to each of the defendants in the sum of N300,000, with one surety each in like sum.

Adebayo added that the sureties must swear to affidavit of means and reside within the court’s jurisdiction, with their addresses to be verified by the prosecutor.

He stated further that the sureties must be officers on grade level 08 in the civil service and must provide three recent passport photographs each.

The magistrate ordered the remand of the defendants in Ilesa Correctional Centre, pending the perfection of their bail.

He, thereafter, adjourned till July 20, for hearing. (NAN)

Source: News Express

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