On Monday, some 100 commercial motorcyclists, often known as ‘Okada riders,’ were arraigned in a Yaba Chief magistrates’ Court for the attempted murder of Lagos taskforce operatives and police officers during a raid in the Festac region of the state on December 7.
The suspects are also accused of setting fire to the task force’s cars.
Sunday Mopol, 31, Fendo Musa, 20, Monday Adamu, 49, Orji Chimaobi, 25, Nasiru Kamolu, 21, Abdullahi Yahaya, 30, and 94 others are among the defendants.
Three counts of conspiracy, deliberate damage, and attempted murder were filed against the defendants.
They, on the other hand, have pled not guilty to the accusations.
The defendants committed the crimes at midday on December 7 in the 7th Ave. area of Festac Town, Lagos, according to the Police Prosecutor, SP Idowu Osungbure.
According to him, the Lagos State task force, in collaboration with the police, conducted a raid in Festac on unlicensed motorcycle riders, seizing many motorcycles.
According to him, the Okada riders began to attack the officials and set fire to their white Fiat bus with the registration number EPF 75 GR.
According to Osungbure, the defendants also set fire to two Vanagon Volkswagen buses that belonged to other persons.
According to him, the offences were in violation of Sections 411, 350, and 230 of the Lagos State Criminal Laws of 2015. (Revised).
According to section 230 of the Penal Code, it imposes a life sentence for attempted murder, while Section 350 imposes a two-year sentence for willful property damage.
Mrs Olatunbosun Adeola, the Magistrate, gave the defendants bail in the amount of N200,000 apiece, with two sureties in the same amount.
According to Adeola, the sureties must be gainfully employed, own landed properties within the court’s jurisdiction, and produce proof of three years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
She also ordered that their addresses be verified by the court, and the matter was delayed until Feb. 9, 2022.