Six members of the Badoo cult and their herbalist have been arraigned before an Ebute Metta Magistrate Court for allegedly killing a Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, pastor identified simply as Victor. The suspects were said to have broken into the apartment of the deceased through the window and used a stone to smash his head while he was asleep.
The defendants were also said to have burgled another apartment and used a grinding stone to smash the heads of Sakiru, Kehinde and Salad Yekini causing them grievous harm. They reportedly made away with a DVD player and a T-shirt, all valued at N8, 000 belonging to the family members.
The accused are Chibuzor Igwe, 19; Omotayo Onamoyegun, 25; Samuel Ameze, 38 and Gift Ameze, 35. Others are Uche Igwe, 23; and Fatai Adebayo, a.k.a Aleshe, 34; an herbalist.
Emmanuel Eze, a lawyer from the State Criminal and Investigative Intelligence Department, Panti, said the accused committed the offences on November 26, 2017 at Ofin area and also at No. 12, Alajo Close, Abule Oshorun, Ibeshe in the Ikorodu area of Lagos state.
Eze said the offences contravened Sections 223, 245, 280 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
Chibuzo and his brother, Igwe pleaded guilty to the charge of murder and stealing preferred against them, while the other accused entered a ‘not guilty’ plea.
The Magistrate, Bola Folarin-Williams, ordered the defendants’ remand at Ikoyi Prisons pending legal advice from the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
The case was adjourned till March 8, 2018.
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