Six men arrested for allegedly invading a shrine, beating up Ejigbo chief
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.