By Felix Kuyinu
Three of the hoodlums who attacked the Chairman of Aso Rock Community Development Association (CDA) in Ejigbo, Declan Umeokoro alongside a security man of the association, Jubril Mohammed, have been arrested and charged for prosecution at the Ejigbo Magistrate’s Court.
The hoodlums, Oni Ayotunde (34), Osemedua Emmanuel’s (32) and Ifeanyi Osemedua (35) were said to have physically attacked and stabbed their victims with broken bottles on the 27th of January at about 7p.m; inflicting severe injuries on the duo.
The prosecutor, Simon Peter, told the court where the defendants were arraigned that the accused and five others who were still at large initially targeted Mohammed but transferred their aggression on Umeokoro who was trying to rescue Mohammed from been harmed. Peter further told the court that the defendants stole the sum of N1.8million belonging to Aso Rock Community.
The defendants were facing a five-count charges bordering on conspiracy, assault, breach of peace and stealing levied against them by the police.
The offences according to the prosecutor were punishable under Sections 57, 173, 411 and 280 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.
Disclosing how the incident has caused chaos in the area, Peter said that the community was afraid that there could be further attacks on them as some of the suspects were yet to be apprehended.
However, the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges when they were arraigned.
Consequently, the Presiding Magistrate, Kayode Layeni, granted the defendants bail in the sum of N300,000 each with two sureties each, who must present evidence of tax clearance and whose addresses must be verified.
The case was adjourned till March 14 for trial.
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