Fighting On Lagos Island: Police Arrest 18

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The monitoring unit of the Inspector-General of Police, Abuja, has arraigned 18 persons before an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court on a four-count charge bordering on illegal possession of offensive weapons with intent to commit felony, violence and accessory after the fact to felony.

Police prosecutor, Inspector M. A. Animashaun, told the court that the accused, Moriam Korede, 20; Salimot Yusuf Ladi, 19; Olasupo Bukola Omolara, 23; Iyabo Adams, 20; Idera Odunmbaku Nimotalai, 25; Eziada Phillips, 22; Shola Adetunji, 22; Saheed Lawal, 25; Julius Ekasa, 28; Ibrahim Mustapha, 24; Adeyemi Sunday, 25; Shuaibu Hassan, 28; Ramon Jimoh Oriyomi, 31; Atobatele Rilwan, 27; Idris Hamzat, 25; Kwam Odatayo, 31; Olajide Badmus Akinsode, 25 and Ibrahim Ilumoka, 25, were arrested on 4 March, 2012 at 40, Vincent Street and Debo Guest Inn, Lagos Island, Southwest Nigeria, for illegal possession of offensive weapons to commit felony.

The prosecutor said the offences committed contravene Sections 409, 310(1) (C) (F) and 413 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges when they were read to them in the open court and the presiding Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Aigbokhaebo admitted them on bail in the sum of N1 million each with two sureties in like sum.

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She also directed that the sureties must show proof of tax payment to the Lagos State government.

She directed further that one of the sureties must be a landlord within the court’s jurisdiction and adjourned the matter till 10 May, 2012 for mention.

When the accused could not meet their bail conditions in good time, they were moved to the Kirikiri and Ikoyi Prisons.

—Paul Iyoghojie