48 Yoruba nation agitators docked over alleged murder, unlawful assembly

 A total of 48 persons, including two women, on Monday appeared before a Yaba Chief Magistrate’s Court in Lagos for alleged unlawful protest and killing of a woman.

defendants, who allegedly committed offences at 10 a.m. on July 3, at Ojota area of Lagos, are jointly facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, unlawful assembly and breach of peace to which they pleaded guilty.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that one of defendants, Tajudeen Bakare, is facing two extra counts of murder and unlawful possession of arms.

Police Prosecutor, Mr Adejoke Adebesin told court that Bakare, during protest shot a passerby, Miss Jumoke Oyeleke, with a Barretta pistol which was recovered from his possession.

He further stated that defendant drove a Jeep with Registration No. LSR 322 FK, and killed deceased from window of the car.

offences contravened Sections 411, 168(d), 223, 330, 44 (1)(2)(3)(4) of Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2015. (Revised)

NAN reports that Section 330 stipulates seven years imprisonment for offence of unlawful possession of arms while 223 stipulates death penalty for offence of murder.

The said that defendants gathered for a protest that was permitted to hold and began to disturb peace of the neighborhood.

Chief Magistrate Mrs Adeola Adedayo admitted the 47 defendants to N300, 000 each with two sureties in like sum and remanded Bakare, who is facing mucder charge, to a correctional center while awaiting legal advice from Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP).

She directed that both sureties must be residing within the court’s jurisdiction and be gainfully employed with evidence of three years of tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

She added that one of the sureties must be either a cultural, religious, or traditional leader in the court’s jurisdiction and both sureties must submit copies of their National Identification Number (NIN) to the court.

She adjourned the case until Aug. 16 for mention/ review of remand.(NAN)