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Suspected notorious cultist, Kale Bayero, 5 others, arraigned before High Court

Suspected notorious cultist, Kale Bayero and four others, on Tuesday, were arraigned before in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital High Court.
Other members of his gang who were equally docked with the suspected cultist are, Ibrahim Olatunde Elijah, Habeeb Azeez, I Sikiru Jimoh, Yinka Alibi and Akeyede Ahmed. 
They were brought before Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the State High Court for the first time after their several arraignments at the magistrate court.
The accused persons were charge to court on an 8-count charge bordering on cultism, causing public disturbance, vandalising cars as well as attacking one Alhaja Kawata Arikewuyo with cutlasses and other dangerous weapons among other offences. 
Recall that the accused persons were in 2018 arraigned before Magistrate Ibrahim for criminal conspiracy, disturbance of public peace, assault, causing hurt, mischief, attempt to commit culpable homicide, being members of secret cult and armed robbery contrary to section 97,113, 265, 247, 327, 229 of penal code law, section 2 punishable under section 12 of secret cult and secret societies (prohibition) law 2016, and section 6b (1) of robbery and firearms (special provision) act, law of federation of Nigeria 2004.
In the Police First Information Report (FIR) one Alhaja Kawata Arikewuyo of Eruda Street, Ilorin, had reported that she was at home when she was suddenly called upon to attend to an outcry of the community.
The FIR stressed that members of the community were chasing after the first accused person, Bayero, on the basis that he used his car to hit a woman and opted to run away.
The FIR further posited that Bayero shunned the plea of Arikewuyo and other members of the community while also inviting his gang to join him in order to cause havoc.
His gang arrived the scene with gun and cutlasses to descend on the complainant, the police report said.
The complainant according to the FIR sustained various degrees of injuries while 13 vehicles parked by the road side were destroyed.
Based on the strength of information by the police, the accused persons were arrested in their hideout.
Police investigation therefore, revealed that the accused are members of Eiye confraternity initiated between 1996 to 2016 while Bayero is the leader of the cult group at Baboko area of Ilorin.
Investigation further added that the accused persons are the set of bandits that invaded the house of the complainant with guns and cutlasses and made away with his handset valued atN14,000 and cash worth N20,000.
While on Tuesday, the prosecutiom team led by the Director of Publicity Prosecution (DPP), Adebimpe Abdulmumini prayed the court for the amendment of charge sheet.
His application came on the heels of making the charge sheet comply with the new procedural rules of Kwara State which regulate the manner of filing cases before High Court.
The court in it ruling granted the application while the matter was adjourned to May 15th, 16th, for hearing and for determination of pending applications for bail.

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