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Thursday, 23 August 2018

5 remanded over alleged cultism, theft in Ilorin.

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The Magistrate Court sitting in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital has remanded Lawal Ahmed, Ganiyu Olayinka, Abdullahi Abdukadri, Moshood Jamiu and Okunlola Olateju for allegedly belonging to a secret cult society.

The five {5} suspects were dragged before Magistrate Muhammed Ibrahim on Monday for alleged theft.

They were charged for the offences of criminal conspiracy, shop breaking by night, theft and by being a member of secret cult contrary to section 97,354 & 288 of penal code law, illegal possession of firearms contrary to section 3 {1} of cap R11 of robbery and firearm {Special Provision} Act Law Federation and being members of Secret Cult and Society Law of Kwara State {Prohibition} law 2013.

The Police Information Report {FIR} revealed that the first accused {Ahmed} was nabbed at Oja-Tuntun, Ilorin by the community vigilante after breaking into the shop of one Yunusa Jubril.

It stated that after Ahmed was pursued and apprehended, he was handed over to the police for interrogation.

In the course of the investigation at the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS), the FIR stated that Ahmed confessed to be member of a 4-man gang that specialised in breaking into people’s shops to steal their money and properties in Ilorin and its environs.

He however, mentioned Olayinka, Abdulkadri, Jamiu and Olateju as members of the syndicate and also belonging to Eiye Confraternity, Agaka zone, Ilorin, the Police report disclosed.

FIR added, “…are the cultists terrorising people within Baboko and Agaka communities and also breaking into people’s shops within Ilorin and its environs…”
Sergeant Adebayo Thomas who prosecuted the case informed the court to allow justice to take it full course on the accused.

He urged the court to remand them in prison custody pending the determination of their matter.

Magistrate Ibrahim in his short ruling stated that his court lacks jurisdiction to hear the offence of cultism.

He added that the allegations of theft can only be heard by his court. He however adjourned the matter to 10th September, 2018.
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