The Ondo State Security Network Agency, otherwise known as the Amotekun Corps, has dragged 10 suspects before magistrates’ court sitting in Akure.
City & Crime reports that the suspects are being accused of armed robbery, kidnapping, rape, conspiracy and illegal possession of firearms.
The suspects are Umaru Ibrahim, Muhammed Ali, Umaru Umaru, Abubakar Ali, Isah Jinadu, Ayuba Matu, Musa Adamu, Abubakar Bello, Isiaku Saliu, and Adamu Abdul.
They were accused to have committed the offences between April and June, 2023, on the Owo-Akure road, Ago-Oyinbo, Igbatoro/Famuwagun Camp, Osi, in Akure North LGA.
The defendants were also alleged to have raped one Odey Regina and also robbed one Lawrence Emmanuel and went away with his motorcycle and the sum of N450,000.
The prosecuting counsel, O.F. Akeredolu, told the court that the defendants also kidnapped Musa Kareem and Salami Yekini and demanded ransom for the.
He noted that their offences contravened Section 516 of the Criminal Code Law of Ondo State, 2006; Section 3(ii)(b) of the Ondo State Anti-Kidnapping and Anti-Abduction Law, 2010 and Section 3(2)(c) of the Ondo State Violence Against Persons(Prohibition) Laws of Ondo State, 2021.
The plea of the accused persons was not taken due to the nature of the offences.
Counsel to the accused persons, A.M. Obafemi, told the court that the oral application sought by the prosecutor for their remand was not tenable and prayed the court for an adjournment to enable the defence to reply to the application on points of law.
Obafemi stressed that the defendants had been in Amotekun’s custody for 30 days and that their liberty was still “dangling”.
The Magistrate, Damilola Sekoni, adjourned the case to August 21, for ruling on the bail application.