By Kayode Adeoti
Alleged notorious cultist, Kale Bayero and four others were yesterday remanded by a magistrate court sitting in Ilorin, Kwara State capital for allegedly belonging to secret cult and for causing mayhem in the community.
Remanded alongside Bayero are; Yinka Alabi aka Colonel, Ibrahim Olatunde Elijah, Abeeb Azeez and Sikiru Jimoh.
The accused persons were arraigned before Magistrate Muhammed 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.
The Police First Information Report (FIR) stated that one Alh. Kawata Arikewuyo of Eruda Street, Ilorin, reported that he was at home when called upon to attend to an outcry of the community.
The FIR further stated that members of the community were chasing after the first accused person on the basis that he used his car to hit a woman and opted to run away.
The police report added 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 with 13 vehicles parked by the road side also destroyed in the mayhem.
Based on the strength of information by the police, the accused persons were arrested in their hideout.
Police investigation also 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 also added that the accused persons are the set of bandit 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.
The prosecutor, Yusuf Nasir prayed the court to remand the accused persons pending the time the police conclude their investigation on the matter. He added that the accused persons may commit similar offence if granted bail, saying it may also affect ongoing police investigation on the matter.
On their parts, the counsels to the accused persons urged the court to the discountenance the prayer of the prosecutor.
Barr. Basheerat Ahmed stood for the first accused person, Barr. Olaolapo Toyin appeared for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th accused persons while Barr. Abdul Tunde Gegele represented the 5th accused person.
In their submissions, they said the accused persons are still presumed innocent until otherwise proven by the court.
Magistrate Ibrahim in his short ruling ceded to the submission of the prosecutor as he remanded the accused persons while the case was adjourned to December 4, 2018.