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How notorious Yinka Are’s son confessed cult membership to me – Witness

By Kayode Adeoti

Fresh revelation emerged yesterday as a witness, Inspector Matthew Salami of Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS); Kwara State branch testified before the High Court sitting Ilorin, how Tunde Zubair, the son of a notorious ex-convict, Yinka Are, confessed to him that he was a cultist.

Earlier, the prosecuting team led by Barr. Isaac Zakari had urged the court to admit his witness in the matter.

Inspector Salami however notified the court that Zubair had confessed that he belong to Eiye confraternity group in a statement extracted from him when he was brought to their office.

He further told the court he was the one who investigated the matter at the crime level, saying he went to the scene of crime and equally interrogated the accused.

According to him, he showed me the logo of Eiye confraternity which was inscribed on the upper part of his arm.

“During our investigation, I went to the scene of crime and I was able to ascertain that he committed the offence which he was standing trial for. Exhibits recovered from him were bag containing locally made cut to size gun, one live cartridge, hard drugs of tramado and charms.

The attempt of the prosecutor’s witness to tender the statement obtained from the accused at the police station was however truncated by Barr. Oba Abdulkadri Mogaji, who was standing for the accused even as he urged the court to discountenance it.

Justice Sikiru Oyinlowo however adjourned the matter till 15 August, 2017 for ruling.

Recall that the accused was caught on the 28th July, 2016 in Osi, Ekiti local government, Kwara State along Egbe Federal Highway.

He was however arraigned before the court for belonging to a secret cult society known as Eiye Confraternity contrary to section 2 of the Secret Cults and Secret Society (Prohibition) law of Kwara State 2016 and punishable under section14 of the same law.

He was also charged for unlawfully possession of locally made gun loaded with live cartridge, punishable under Section 3 (1) of the robbery and Firearms (Special Provision) Act 2004.

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