January 10, 2019

Six suspected touts face trial for alleged display of firearms

Six suspected touts, on Thursday, appeared before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos for allegedly causing terror to inhabitants of Ojo area of the metropolis.

The defendants: Godwin Chineye, 19; Rasheed Eniola, 18; Obumaeme Azubuike, 36; Waheed Femi, 32; Kamali Maikazi, 18; and Chidiebere Onyeboyin, 26, all live at Ojo area of Lagos.

They are standing trial on a three-count charge of conspiracy, willful damage and display of firearms and dangerous weapons.

The prosecutor, Insp Peter Nwangwu, told the court that the defendants committed the offence with some other persons still at large on Dec. 23 at 4.45 p.m. at NEPA Junction, Alaba Road, Ojo, Lagos.

Nwangwu, said that the defendants allegedly used iron rod to willfully damage the front screen and side glass of a Ford Explorer Jeep valued N650, 000, property of one Mr Obuzor Uzodinma.

He said the defendants conducted themselves in a manner that was likely to breach the peace by invading the community.

“The accused, along with some hired thugs, unlawfully displayed guns, cutlasses, knives, battle axes, broken bottles and other dangerous weapons, which they used in attacking people.

“They unlawfully displayed arms and dangerous weapons and threatened members of the community,’’ he said.

According to the prosecutor, the offence contravenes Sections 51, 330 and 411 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Chief Magistrate, Y.O Aje-Afunwa, granted the defendants N450, 000 bail, each with two sureties, each in like sum.

Aje-Afunwa said that the sureties should be blood relations of the defendants and they should show evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

The case was adjourned until Feb. 28. (NAN)