A tailor, Sulaimon Babatunde, was charged before an Ebute Meta Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly beating and pushing his cult member simply named Ahmed to drown in the Lagos Lagoon.
Babatunde, 24, who resides at No. 135, Isale Gambari St., in Ilorin, Kwara, was docked on charges of conspiracy and murder.
Magistrate Helen Omisore ordered that the accused should remain behind bars for the next 30 days, pending a legal advice from the office of the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions.
Earlier, the Police Prosecutor, Sgt. Cousin Adams, told court that the offences were committed on June 5 at about 10.00 p.m. at Carter Bridge on Lagos Island.
He alleged that the accused had beaten the deceased severely before dumping him into the lagoon to die.
Adams explained that the victim and the accused had previoulsy been members of a cult in Kwara.
“Babtunde claimed that the deceased had caused the death of his two months old baby sometime in January and upon sighting him, he solicited the help of two of his friends, who are now at large.
“The trio bundled Ahmed into a dark corner where they beat him up before carrying him to the lagoon side and throwing him inside,” the prosecutor stated.
According to him, the offences contravened Sections 165 and 233 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
Babatunde’s plea was not taken by the court.
The magistrate ordered that the accused should be remanded in custody.
She adjourned the matter until July 24.