Thirteeen suspected cultists, who allegedly murdered two men before dumping their bodies in a river, were on Thursday in Lagos remanded in Ikoyi Prisons.
An Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court which rejected their plea, said they should be kept behind bars pending advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions.
The accused persons are: Ismail Bello, 26; Shola Jaiyeola, 28; Kabiru Wahab, 23; Akeem Adeyemo, 36; Monsuru Ojopagogon, 29; David Lasisi, 35 and Bayo Bakare, 30.
Others are Daniel Yosue, 30; Ademola Ayelabowo, 27; Joshua Udoh, 20; Daniel Adeyemi, 28; Saheed Mohammed, 25; and Wasiu Aborisade, 40.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 13 accused persons are facing six charges bordering on conspiracy, murder, membership of unlawful society, breach of the peace and causing grievous harm.
According to the prosecutor, Cpl. Iyobosa Onaiwu, the offences were committed on Sept. 27 at about 9.00pm at Maidan Junction, Mile 12, Lagos.
Two of the accused, Mohammed and Adeyemi, allegedly killed one Tunde and Okesola Yusuf before dumping their bodies in the Maidan River in Mile 12, he said.
Onaiwu said the accused, believed to be members of Eye Confraternity and Federal Boys cult, had been terrorising the public and dispossessing them of their valuables.
Among the dangerous weapons found in their possession were a jack knife, cutlasses and machetes.
“Olalekan Olatoye was stabbed in the abdomen, while the throat of Babatunde Rilwan was slit.”
Onaiwu noted that the offences violated Sections 41, 42, 221 and 231 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
NAN also reports that the accused may be sentenced to life imprisonment on conviction.
The Magistrate, Mrs B.O. Ope-Agbe adjourned the case to November 16.