Eight youths were on Friday, arraigned before an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court for alleged arson of Police Stations and stealing, during the #EndSARS protests
The defendants: Olatayo Abiodun, 25, (m) Olaoye Toyin, 23, (F) Fasoroti Ifedayo, 25, (m) Ojo Idowu, 18, (m), Adetayo Damola, 20, Owolabi Oluwaseun,21, Ajewole Ojo, 21, and Moses Ifianyi, 20, all residents of Ikere-Ekiti.
They are facing a four-count charge of conspiracy to commit a felony, willful damage, arson of police station and stealing.
The Prosecutor, Insp Oriyomi Akinwale, told the court that the defendants committed the offences on Oct. 20, 2020, in Ikere-Ekiti.
Akinwale alleged that during the EndSARS protests, the defendants conspired among themselves to commit a felony, willful damage, arson of two police stations and barracks in Ikere-Ekiti.
He alleged that the defendants damaged the exhibit apartment and stole items that included one AK 47 rifle, gas cylinders, standing fans, plasma television sets, a Dane gun, laptops and other registered exhibits.
The prosecutor, who urged the court to remand the defendants in the correctional facility, pending the receipt of legal advice from the office of Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), told the court that the offences for which they were charged contravened Sections 516, 451(b), 443(a) and 390(4) (f) of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.
The pleas of the defendants were, however, not taken.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Adefumike Anoma, ordered the remand of the defendants pending the receipt of legal advice and adjourned the case to Feb.9 for mention.