An Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos yesterday remanded five suspected cult members at the Ikoyi Prisons over the alleged murder of a rival member.
The accused, Ayodeji Olusegun, 23; JideShittu, 22; Caleb Abidemi, 22; Olaitan Gbadebo, 26, and Samuel Edward, 21 are facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, unlawful killing and belonging to an unlawful society.
However, the court did not take the pleas of the accused.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr O.A. Komolafe, ordered that the accused be remanded in custody, pending legal advice from the Office of the State Director of Public Prosecutions and adjourned the case till April 19, for mention.
Earlier, the Prosecutor, Insp. Frank Inah, said the crime was committed on March 1, 2014 at about 11.30 p.m., at No. 5, Oluwoanoju St., Igbogbo, Ikorodu, Lagos.
He said the accused, who belonged to an unlawful society known as, “Aye Confraternity,” with other members of the group engaged in a bloody fight with members of a rival `Eiye’ group.
Inah said, during the fight, cutlasses and bottles were used and the deceased was stabbed, which led to his death.
According to him, the offence committed contravened Sections 42, 221, 231 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
NAN reports that Section 221 provides that subject to the provisions of any other law, a person who commits murder shall be sentenced to death. (NAN)