Three defendants, Olanrewaju, Kazeem, and Salami were, on Thursday, arraigned before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, over alleged possession of two human skulls.
The three, who face two counts of conspiracy and unlawful possession of human parts, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Prosecutor, Sgt Modupe Olaluwoye, told the court that the defendants committed the offences at 6.00 pm on November 21, 2019, along Adeniji Adele Road, Lagos.
She told the court that the second and third defendants were caught in possession of two human skulls in black nylon, which they had earlier claimed contained biscuits.
Sgt Olaluwoye said the two defendants later confessed to having purchased the skulls from the first defendant, Olanrewaju, who was a cemetery worker.
The Magistrate, Mrs S.O. Obasa, granted the defendants bail in the sum of one million naira each, with two sureties in like sum.
She said one of each surety must be a blood relation to each defendant, and that both sureties should be gainfully employed.
The Magistrate also directed that the sureties should reside within the court’s jurisdiction, and show evidence of three years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
The case was adjourned until January 20, for mention.