By Ekene Agbor, Osogbo
An Osogbo Chief Magistrate court has remanded fifteen suspected cultists in prison custody over alleged attempt to rob citizens of Osun state.
The accused persons include, Taiwo Adebisi, aged 29, Ganiyu Taiwo, 29, Aliyu Shared, 35, Ahmed Laws, 22, Gabiyu Sodiq, 18, Olorunkemi Samson, 16, Abdul Kareem Lekan, 16.
Others are Waheed Hammed, 18, Adebayo Abiola, 22, Ahmed Oladosu, 16, Sefiu Kamoru, 19, Adebayo Rilwan, 16 ,and Ayoola Yusuf, 17 , Hassan Toibu, 18, and Adebayo Like Many, 18.
The Police Prosecutor, Inspector Joshua Oladosu, told the court that the accused persons committed the offence on December 6, 2016 at about 11:30pm, at Ede road, Osun state.
Oladosu said the accused persons conspired together and attempted to rob innocent motorists plying Ede-Osogbo road, at night.
He said the accused persons armed themselves with dangerous weapons such as cutlasses, knives, clubs with nails, axe, hammer, broken bottles, and charms with attempt to rob motorists.
He said the offense contravened sections 1(1) and 2(1)(a) (b) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provision) Act Cap. 11 vol. 14 laws of Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the two count charges of conspiracy and attempted robbery slammed on them.
Their counsels, Mr Bola Ige and Mrs Bose Adeyinka, prayed the court to grant their clients bail in the most liberal terms.
Magistrate Olusola Aluko denied them bail because of the nature of the allegation and ordered that they be kept behind bars in Ile-Ife prison.
He adjourned the matter to January 27, 2016 for mention.