The police have arraigned one Muftau Sefiu Olamiji and five other persons before a Lagos State Magistrate Court for alleged stealing, attempted murder and breach of peace at Okegun Odofin community in Ibeju Lekki, area of the state.
The defendants were docked before Magistrate Abimbola Komolafe on a ten-count charge bordering on harassment and unlawful possession of firearms.
According to the prosecutor, Mr Ben Ekundayo, a Superintendent of Police, the defendants, Muftau Sefiu Olamiji 49, alongside Ramon Babatunde Aladeseso, 37, Kabiru Kaka 59, Kolawole Salami 38, Kunle Onadipe 43, Evans Kowei 33 and others at large were alleged to have on July 2 , 2020 at Okegun Odofin Community in Ibeju Lekki shot one Kazeem Issah on his right cheek, causing him grievous life threatening injuries which could terminate his life.
The prosecutor further said that the defendants and others at large also unlawfully entered into the palace of Baale of Okegun Odofin , Chief Ismaila Ogunkoya with the intent to commit felony.
“They unlawfully stole Air Conditioners, two chandelier light, one Airtel phone, office chairs, and ash worth of seven million, five hundred thousand (N7,500,00) with all stolen items totaling ten million seven hundred and forty-eight thousand naira (N10,748,000,00).”
Ekundayo also informed the court that the defendants damaged vehicles and properties worth of 10, 000, 000, 00 belonging to residents while they were also alleged to have unlawfully used armed military men to harass residents of the community,
The prosecutor also told the court that the offences committed by the defendants contravened sections 411, 350, 230, 308, 287, 174, 168 of the Lagos State Criminal Laws of Nigeria , 2015 and Sec 6 of the Criminal laws of Lagos State of Nigeria 2016.
The defendants all pleaded not guilty to the ten count charges against them.
Following their not guilty plea, the magistrate granted them bail in the sum of Two hundred thousand naira (200,000,00) each with two sureties who must be blood relations.
She also ruled that the parties must present their evidence of tax payment to the state government. The matter was subsequently adjourned till October 9, 2020 for mention.