Secret-cult initiation: Court orders accused to produce cleric as surety

A Tinubu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Wednesday ordered that an hairdresser, Richard Awawa, who was alleged to have been involved in cult activities must produce a cleric that is above 40 years as one of his sureties.

Magistrate Memunat Folami granted the accused bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.

“The two sureties must be the accused person’s blood relations; one must be a cleric and the other must have a suitable means of income,” Folami ruled.

The accused, 19, who is facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, theft and belonging to “Aiye” secret cult, denied the charges.

The prosecutor, Insp. Philip Osijiale, told the court that the accused and one other at large, committed the offences on May 15 at about 11:30p.m., at Olabisi Adewunmi Close in Owode Ajah, Lagos State.

Osijiale said that the accused and one other who belonged to “Aiye” secret cult stole the Infinix phone belonging to their friend, Christian Anabaraoye, who was unwilling to be initiated into the cult.

“The accused and his accomplice went to Anabaraoye’s house and told him to follow them to Oke-Ira Area of Ajah for his initiation.

“When he refused, they forcefully collected his cell phone valued at N36,000,” he said.

The prosecutor said that the offences contravened Sections 42 (a), 285 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

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