The police on Tuesday docked a tailor and a carpenter in an Ogudu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State over theft of 60 chickens and membership of an unlawful society called “Diamond Boys.”
The two men, Raji Taiwo, a 19-year-old tailor of Balogun Street, Okun Aja, Lagos and Ramon Sodiq, a 29-year-old carpenter of Abule Odo in Sango Otta, Ogun State, are facing four-count charge of conspiracy, belonging to a secret cult, unlawful possession of arms and stealing.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Lucky Ihiehie, told the court that the two men were also arrested with Indian hemp and battle axe.
He said that the offences were committed on Oct. 7 at about 3 p.m. at Ajah area of Lagos State.
Ihiehie added that the police responded to a distress call from Ikeja Control room that some cult groups were organising “street jamz party” with a banner encrypted — “Diamond Boys of Ajah”.
“A team of police men from Ajah Divisional Headquarters got there and met the boys fighting and attacking people on the street with guns, cutlasses, axes and bottles.
“It was gathered that other cult groups attended the party with the mission to fight and cause mayhem, consequently, three vehicles parked on the street were vandalised as they broke into people’s shops and stole valuables, including clothes, shoes and 60 chickens.”
The prosecutor said the valuables and vandalised cars belong to Alhaji Rasaq Igulami, Udom Edidiom, Bukola Mustapha and Uche Obi.
He noted that the offences contravened sections 42 (a), 51, 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.
However, the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges, and the Magistrate, Mrs E.Kubeinje, granted them bail in the sum of N50,000 each with two sureties each in like sum.
She also directed that the sureties must be gainfully employed with evidence of tax payment and adjourned hearing into the case until Dec. 3.