Police on Wednesday arraigned four men at an Ogudu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State for allegedly being in possession of 38 live ammunition and belonging to a secret society.
The defendants are: Emmanuel Igbokodo,38; Olasukanmi Oluwaremilekun,36; Abayomi Atomotele,33, and Ogochukwu Onyenenue,31.
The defendants, who are residents of Ajegunle-Apapa area in Lagos, are facing a three-court charge of conspiracy, belonging to a secret society and unlawfully being in possession of ammunition.
They pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The prosecutor, ASP Rita Momoh, told the court that the defendants with others still at large, committed the offences on July 1 at No.28 Ajere St., off Ojo Road in Ajegunle-Apapa area of Lagos.
Momoh said that the defendants belonged to an unlawfully society called “Eiye’’ Fraternity and were armed with 38 live ammunition and other dangerous weapons when arrested by the police.
“The defendants stormed Ajegunle community, shooting their guns and in the process injured many residents.
“Some of the residents alerted the police who stormed the community and arrested the defendants while others escaped.
“Cutlasses and live ammunition were recovered from them,” he told the court.
He said that the offences violated Sections 42(a) 298 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 42 stipulates a three-year imprisonment for belonging to an unlawful society, while Section 298 prescribes a 14 -year imprisonment for possession of firearms.
The magistrate, Mrs O.M. Ajayi, granted each of the defendants bail in the sum of N500,000 each with two sureties each in like sum.
Ajayi ruled that each of the sureties must be a blood relative of the defendants.
She adjourned the case until Aug.19 for mention.