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Suspected cultists arraigned for robbery

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Suspected cultists arraigned for robbery

An Osun Magistrate’s Court sitting in Ile-Ife yesterday remanded three suspected cultists – Adeoti Tosin (29), Temitope Adeyemi (26) and Adeola Oluwatobi (27), over alleged robbery and breach of public peace.

The accused, who reportedly committed the offence on March 23, about 7:20p.m., at Oduduwa Street, Ile-Ife, allegedly descended on their victims and dispossessed them of their belongings.

The accused said to allegedly robbed a man, Fajinmi Kehinde, and dispossessed him of his Itel handset valued at N30,000. The prosecutor, Inspector Sunday Osanyintuyi, who said the offence contravened Sections 62, 63, 80, 249 (d), 401 & 402 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Osun, 2002. The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the five-count charge of conspiracy, breach of peace, cultism, threat and robbery.

Osanyintuyi, in his testimony before the court, said the accused conspired among themselves to conduct themselves in a manner that caused breach of public peace and robbery.

He said: “The accused, who are members of secret cult, called Eye Confraternity, were waging war on inhabitants of Iremo, Oduduwa Street and Oke-Ijan area of Ile-Ife and at the same time breached the peace of the town, causing apprehension to members of the public while on rampage.”

The prosecutor also alleged that the accused armed themselves with dangerous weapons and threatened members of the public. The defence counsel, Mr. Ben Adirieje, applied for the bail of the accused in ‘most liberal term’.

He promised that his clients would not jump bail, but would produce reliable sureties. In his ruling, the magistrate, Olalekan Ijiyode, refused to grant them bail, but asked their counsel to come with a written application. He, however, remanded the accused in prison custody, pending the consideration of their bail and fixed June 13 for further hearing of the case.

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