By Abdulwahab Abdulah and Jane Echewodo
Thirty two persons were yesterday arraigned before a Chief Magistrate Court siting in Ikeja for allegedly causing riot at Mile 12, Lagos.
It would be recalled that over four people lost their lives while properties worth millions of Naira were destroyed in a riot that broke out in Agiliti area of Ketu, Mile 12, last week.
Those arraigned, whose ages range between 15 to 48 years included: Sanusi Mohammed 17, Haruna Abdulahi 30, Umaru Bala 18, Saheed Tahir Abdulahi 20, Musa Isa 22, Biliaminu Dauda 15, Abeeb Ibrahim 16, Farouq Abdamu 22, Aminu Abubakar 22, Sanni Amadu 24.
Others are Amoo Mustapha 42, Danjuma Adamson 30, America Umaru Saidu 21, Awolu Alli 30, Rufai Ibrahim 15, Monday Obasi 37, Aminu Abubakar 19, Abdulquddus Olalekan Ajuwon 19, Tunde Nureni 24, Abdulahi Umoru 20, Musa Usman 35, Abdulahi Aliyu 35.
They also include Aminu Saidi Ibrahim 19, Sunday Idoko 48, Hassan Adam 39, Yahaya sheu Malami 23, Rabiu Hamza 19, Nura Yahu 19, Rayyanu Lawal 34, Abdurama Mohammed 40, Abubakar Tasu 28, sunday Lawal 15 and Sani Ahasy 15.
Those arraigned yesterday.Photo: Jane Echewedo
It was gathered that the police arrested about 105 persons after the riots out of which the 32 were arraigned yesterday.
They were docked before Magistrate (Mrs) B.O. Osunsanmi on a two count charge “of conspiracy to wit felony-unlawful assembly, acts in a disorderly manner and also disturb the public peace.”
The charge read in part that the defendants, “on the 3rd day of March, 2016, at Agiliti. Mile 12, Ikorodu road, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial district, did conspire amongst yourself to commit felony to with: riot and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.”
Their alleged offence of “disorderly manner to disturb the public peace” also contravenes section 45 of the same law.
According to the prosecutors, Barrister Osuyi Goddy, and Inspector Simon Imhonwa, the accused persons were said to have committed the alleged offence on March 3, 2016, at Agiliti, Mile 12, Ikorodu Road, Lagos . When the charge was read, they all pleaded not guilty.
Prosecutor Osuyi Goddy, from the legal department of State CID Panti, objected to the bail application, saying that most of the defendants doesn’t have a fixed address which may aid their escape from trial.
In her response, Magistrate Osunsanmi said that the offences preffered against them are bailable in law.
She subsequently granted them bail in the sum of N200,000 each with two sureties in like sum.
She ordered that the sureties must be blood related and must have a verifiable addresses.
She also said that the sureties must be regular tax payers and subsequently adjourned the matter till April 7, 2016 for trial. Vanguard
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