SUSPECTED RITUALIST DEN:17 suspects arraigned over attack on Police officer’s house

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BY DAUD OLATUNJI

ABEOKUTA — The Ogun State Police Command, yesterday, arraigned 17 suspects who attacked the house of a retired Deputy Superintendent of Police at Ijaye in Abeokuta on Monday before a magistrate’s court sitting in Isabo, Abeokuta.

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The suspects were arraigned on a four-count charge of malicious damage, conspiracy and conduct likely to cause breach of the peace.

Some youths, Monday, allegedly attacked the house of the retired policeman over the rumour that it was being used for ritual killings. But 17 of them were arrested by policemen who prevented them from wreaking more havoc.

At the hearing, counsel to the accused persons, Kayode Akinsola, applied for bail, describing the suspects as mere onlookers without criminal records.

He urged the court to grant his clients bail in most liberal terms considering Section 118 (2) and Section 36 (5) of Criminal Code Law of Ogun State proceeding law. “They are just onlookers and not criminals,” he said

But the prosecution counsel, Banji Sangotokun, opposed the bail, saying the suspects had conducted themselves in a way that breached peace in the state.

In his ruling, the Chief Magistrate, Anthony Araba, granted the suspects bail in like sum of N50,000 each with one surety each in like sum which must be tax payers.

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