Seven suspected secret cult members were on Monday, brought before an Ota Chief Magistratesâ€™ Court in Ogun State.
The accused are Shobande Akeem,Â 28, Sunday David, 32, Quwin Jese, 21, Ismaila Raheem, 25, Abiodun Ajifolawe, 25, Ibrahim Adetunji, 25 and Segun Adeola, 33.
They are facing trial on a two-count charge of membership of unlawful society and breach of peace. Sgt Abdulkareem Mustapha, the prosecutor,Â told the court that the accusedÂ committed the offences on November 30 at about 4.30 p.m at Old Palace area, Ota.
Mustapha said the accused and their accomplices belonged to â€œAiye Confraternityâ€. According to him, they conducted themselves in a manner likely to cause breach of peace by threatening the community with dangerous weapons like axes and cutlasses.
He said that the offences contravened SectionsÂ 249(b) and 516 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ogun, 2006. However, the accused,Â pleaded “not guilty” to the charges.
Mathew Akinyemi, the Chief Magistrate,Â granted each of the accused bail of N300, 000 with two sureties in like sum. Akinyemi said the sureties must reside within the courtâ€™s jurisdiction and be gainfully employed with evidence of tax payment to Ogun Government.
He adjourned until JanuaryÂ 7 for continuation of hearing.