6 Arraigned Over Mushin Gang War

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Men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police, Lagos State Command, have arraigned six persons arrested over the crisis in Fadeyi/Mushin area of Lagos, before the Ebute-Metta Magistrate’s Court, Ebute-Metta, Lagos.

Those arraigned include two brothers, Ayodele Olomojobi, 30, Ayodele Abolaji, 25, Junior Yamah, 24, Samuel Okosun, 26, Okoro Ifeanyi, 35, and Afis Sulaimon, 26.

Police alleged that the six persons were on the 18 June, 2011, at about 2.30 p.m while armed with cutlasses and other dangerous weapons, conspired among themselves to cause chaos in the area.

The Ayodeles were alleged to have killed one Uche Nwabi during the crisis.

They were arraigned on two count charges of conspiracy and murder while the other accused persons were also arraigned on a two-count charge of conspiracy and possession of dangerous weapons with intent to cause chaos and panic to passerby.

The offences, according to Mr. Innocent Effiong, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, who is the Prosecuting Police Officer, are punishable under Sections 516, 316(2) and 69 of the Criminal Code Cap. C17, Vol. 2, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2003.

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The presiding magistrate, Mr. T. Abolarinwa, ordered that the Ayodeles be remanded in prison, pending the advaice of Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP). The other four accused persons were granted bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.

The sureties, the magistrate ordered, must show evidence of three years tax payment to Lagos State government, means of livelihood and must be residing within the magisterial district, which the judge ordered must be verified by the court prosecutor.

The case was adjourned till 16 September, 2011.

The six defendants were ordered to be remanded in Ikoyi Prison as they could not meet the bail conditions.

– Paul Sanusi

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