An Ota Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ogun on Thursday granted N100,000 bail to 11 men charged with cultism and breach of peace.
They are: Babatunde Ayomide, 28; Oluwole Yensan, 20, Adewunmi Oluwadamikola, 20, Yusuf Faruq, 19, Ojetola Wasiu, 18, Ologundudu Azeez, 18, and Folarin Benjamin, 18.
Others are: Adebayo Ismail, 17; Ayomide Kayode, 17; Lambo Olamilekan, 17; and Jamie Samodi, 14.
The accused are facing a two-count charge of being members of an unlawful society and a breach of public peace.
The prosecutor, Sgt. Abdulkareem Mustapha, told the court that the accused and others still at large, committed the offences on Sept. 16 at noon within Abebi Compound in Ijoko, Ota.
Mustapha said that the accused and their accomplices belonged to “Aiye’’ Confraternity.
The prosecutor also said that the accused conducted themselves in a manner likely to cause a breach of the peace by smoking hemp in public.
Mustapha said the act created fears in the minds of the members of the community.
He said that the offences contravened Sections 5, 249 (b) and 516 of the Criminal Code.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The chief magistrate, Mr Matthew Akinyemi, granted bail to each of the accused in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.
Akinyemi said that the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and be gainfully employed.
He added that the sureties must also show evidence of tax payment to Ogun State Government as part of the bail conditions.
Akinyemi adjourned the case until Dec. 7.
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