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Suspected Badoo member arraigned for attempted murder

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…Another for alleged attempt to kidnap toddler

Lagos—A 28-year-old suspected Badoo cult member, Ahmed Adeleke, who allegedly attempted to kill a teenage girl with a grindstone like object in an Ikorodu church, was on Monday brought before an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos.

File: 37 suspects, including five suspected Badoo members, being paraded by Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, at the state police command headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta, yesterday. Photo: Daud Olatunji.

The accused is facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, attempted murder and belonging to a cult.

Adeleke, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Police Prosecutor, Sgt. Kehinde Omisakin told the court that the accused committed the offences on Aug. 5 at No. 7, Kayode Olaniyan St., Igbo-Agbowa, Ikorodu.

She said the accused attempted to kill Precious Olaniyan, 17, while she was asleep inside a Cherubim and Seraphim Church after a vigil.

The accused was caught by some vigilant church members while trying to use a grinding stone to hit the girl on the head, she alleged.

The offences contravened Sections 42(i), (iii) and 230 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Section 230 prescribes life imprisonment for attempted murder.

In his ruling, Chief Magistrate Tajudeen Elias admit the accused to a bail of N500, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

He said the sureties must provide evidence of tax payment to the state government.

Further hearing has been fixed for Sept. 19.

Man in court over alleged attempt to kidnap toddler

Meantime, one Harrison Ojeare, 37, who was caught while allegedly trying to steal a toddler, was also yesterday, arraigned in an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos.

The accused is standing trial on a charge of attempting to kidnap a child.

The prosecutor, Kehinde Omisakin, told the court that the accused committed the offence on Aug. 16, at 5.p.m., at Mushin-Lagos.

She said that the accused was caught while trying to lure a toddler with N20 before an alarm was raised and he was apprehended.

The offence  contravenes Section 4 of the Anti-Kidnapping Prohibition Law of Lagos State, 2017.

Ojeare, however, entered a “not guilty” plea.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr Tajudeen Elias, granted Ojeare a bail of N200, 000 with one surety in like sum.

Elias adjourned the case until September 9, for further hearing.

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