Five Mapoly Students Arraigned Over Unlawful Possession Of Arms, Cultism

No fewer than five students of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, were Friday, arraigned before a Magistrate Court sitting in Abeokuta in connection with unlawful possession of firearms and membership prohibited secret cult.

The arraigned students are Olawale Olaniyi, Adeyemi Azeez, Olufalo Bidemi, Osilaja Hammed and Bashorun Sodiq while the charge listed against them bordered on conspiracy, unlawful possession of firearms and belonging to a secret cult.

The suspects were arraigned following legal advice from the state’s Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) in a letter marked AB11/S.9631A/12 and dated July 21, 2014 and which recommended their trial.

They were said to have on August 5, 2013 at Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta suspected to be members of Black Axe, a secret cult society in contravention of section 3 and punishable under section 5 of the secret cult (prohibition and special prohibition) laws of Ogun State, 2006.

They were also said to be in illegal possession of home – made gun which is an offence as stipulated in section 3 of the firearms act (Cap 28) laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 2004

The accused however pleaded not guilty to the charges when they were read to them.

Bolarinwa Odeyale and B. Saidu appeared for the accused and while the trio of Olawale Olaniyi, Olufalo Bidemi and Bashorun Sodiq were granted bail, the duo of Adeyemi Azeez and Osilaja are to be remanded in prison for until they meet bail conditions.

The case was adjourned till February, 19, 2015.

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