On Wednesday, an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos ordered the remand of four individuals in a correctional facility for alleged unauthorized possession of firearms.
Bashiru Shittu, 39, Hassan Omobolaji, 38, Korode Oguntoyinbo, 22, and Abiodun Benson, 23, were charged with conspiracy, belonging to an illegal society, and illegal possession of guns.
Magistrate A.S Odusanya, who did not hear the suspects’ appeal, ordered their custody at Kirikri Correctional Centre.
Odusanya recommended that the case file be forwarded to the state Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for advice.
She postponed the matter until January 27, 2022, to await DPP guidance.
Earlier, however, Prosecution Counsel Insp. Emmanuel Ajayi informed the court that the suspects and others on the run committed the crime on Oct. 14 at Ibeshe, Ikorodu, Lagos State.
He also stated that the four individuals were members of an illegal group known as “Eiye’ confraternity.”
According to him, the police received a distress call from people of the community reporting that some cultists were attacking themselves.
“The police stormed the area, arrested the suspects while others escaped.
“When they were searched, two guns and one expended cartridge were recovered from them,” the prosecutor said.
He stated that the offence violated sections 42, 330, and 411 of the Lagos State Criminal Law of 2015.
Section 42 imposes a three-year prison sentence for belonging to an unlawful society, while Section 330 mandates a seven-year prison sentence for unlawful possession of firearms.