The Police on Friday arraigned a 25-year-old man, Ojo Adewale, before an Ota Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ogun, for allegedly belonging to a secret society, Aiye Confraternity.
Adewale of no fixed address is facing three counts charge of being member of an unlawful society, conspiracy and breach of peace to which he pleaded not guilty.
The Prosecutor, Sgt. Abdulkareem Mustapha, told the court that the defendant and others still at large, committed the offences on May 18, at about 1:00pm behind Sango-Ota Market, Ota.
Mustapha told the court that the defendant belonged to a secret society identified as “Aiye Confraternity.’’
He said that the defendant and his accomplice conducted themselves in a manner likely to cause breach of peace by smoking Indian hemp in public.
The prosecutor said the offences contravened the provisions of Sections 5, 249 and 516 of the Criminal Code, Revised Laws of Ogun, 2006.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr Mathew Akinyemi, granted the defendant N400, 000 bail with two sureties in like sum.
Akinyemi ordered that the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and be gainfully employed.
He said that the sureties should also show evidence of tax payment to the Ogun Government as part of the bail conditions.
He adjourned the case until July 10 for further hearing.