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By Kemmigbola • 9 days ago • 133 views • 18 comments

The police on Tuesday arraigned six people in an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos , for allegedly invading a shrine and beating up a traditional chief.

The police charged Jelili Atiku, 51; Mosuru Saula , 49 ; Hassan Nasiru, 42; Mukaila Imakiyo , 52; Nureni Saila , 45 and Jemilat Kazeem , 56, female with conspiracy, breach of peace , arming self with dangerous weapons and threat to life .

The Prosecutor , Insp . Aondohemba Koti told the court the defendants , who reside in Ejigbo , Lagos , committed the offence in April at Moshalasi Street, Ejigbo , Lagos , the Police

He said that the defendants and others at large conducted themselves in a manner likely to cause a breach of peace by invading the shrine with dangerous weapons and assaulted a chief, Giwa Lamoru .

“ The defendants who invaded the shrine with cutlasses , iron rods , charms , planks , bottles among other weapons, beat up the chief of Ejigbo Land. ”

Koti said that the defendants chased away the traditional ruler, priests and worshippers and locked up the entrance and doors of the shrine .

“ The defendants constituted nuisance by removing the ‘ Yemoja ’ Sacred Staff from where it was placed and put it at the frontage of the shrine which is prohibited . ”

The prosecutor said that the defendants attacked the palace when a date to celebrate the traditional festival of Ejigbo land called Omo - Agbo was announced .

“ The defendants claimed that the king currently on the throne, was not the right person and that the festival will not hold , ” the prosecutor said

The offence, he added , contravened the provisions of sections 56 , 168 , 170 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 .

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 56 prescribes one- year jail term for threatening violence while section 411 attracts two years for conspiracy.

Following their pleas of not guilty , Magistrate Mrs M . O Tanimola , admitted them to bail in the sum of N 100 , 000 each with one surety each in like sum .

Tanimola ordered that all the sureties must be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government .

She adjourned the matter until May 20.


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