6th December, 2010
Five men suspected to be thugs have been arrested and charged before the EjigboÂ Magistrateâ€™s Court in Lagos for allegedly attacking the Osolo of Isolo, ObaÂ Agbabiaka Kabiru at Akesan, a suburb of Lagos, Southwest, Nigeria.
The Osolo of Isolo was reportedly assaulted by a group of men armed with dangerousÂ weapons when he went to Akesan to perform the burial rites for his late in-law. SomeÂ of his aides were also assaulted and their properties damaged by the accused.
Those arrested in connection with the assault include Ahmed Safari, 25, IsmailaÂ Hassan, 19, Taoreed Olanrewaju, 22, Niyi Oni, 22 and Sodiq Biliaminu, 22.
P.M.NEWS gathered that midway into the programme, some men came to the venue andÂ disrupted the programme. They allegedly pushed and shoved Oba Agbabiaka, destroyedÂ the musical equipment and the vehicles which brought him and his aides.
They also threw away the food brought by Oba Agbabiakaâ€™s wife to the programme. TheÂ matter was reported to the police at Igando Station and the defendants were arrestedÂ while others fled.
They were chargedÂ on an eight-countÂ ranging from assault, malicious damage, breachÂ of public peace and stealing, offences contrary to sections 351, 355 and 390 of theÂ Criminal Code, Cap. 17, Vol. 2, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2003.
They pleaded not guilty to the charge and the magistrate, Mrs. M. B. Folami grantedÂ them bail in the sum of N1m with two sureties.
The matter has been adjourned till 23 December for trial.
The defendants were remanded in prison at Apapa, Lagos when they could not meet theÂ bail conditions.