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5 Suspected cultists face assault charge

Five men, suspected to be members of a cult, yesterday appeared before a Yaba Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly using cutlasses to injure a guard.

Ojo Funmilayo, 32; Samson Thomas, 22; Ahmed Suleiman, 21;  Matthew James, 20; and Sunday Joseph, 19, are facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, belonging to an unlawful society and assault.

They pleaded not guilty.

Prosecuting Sergeant Godwin Oriabure said the accused committed the offence last December 24 at 9:30am at Olusosun dump site, Ojota, Lagos.

He alleged that the accused beat up and injured the guard, Mr. Abdullahi Ahmed, who told them to stop roaming the dump site.

“The accused used cutlasses to beat up the complainant and injure him,” Oriabure said.

Magistrate Oluwatoyin Ojuromi granted the accused N100,000 bail with two sureties each in the like sum.

She said the sureties should be above 40 years and show evidence of tax payments to the Lagos State Government.

The case continues on February 26.