Three men were on Friday arraigned in an Ado-Ekiti Magistrates’ Court over alleged cultism and possession of Indian hemp.
The defendants-Adeuyi Babatunde, 22; Sunday Mawo, 40; and Kehinde Adewole, 36, are facing a two-count charge of cultism and possession of Indian hemp.
The prosecutor, Sgt. Olubu Apata, told the court that the defendants committed the offence on May 17 at Aisegba Ekiti in Gbonyin Local Government Area of Ekiti.
He alleged that the defendants were members of Eiye confraternity.
Apata also alleged that weeds suspected to be Indian hemp was found in the possession of the defendants.
He said the offences contravened Section 4 (i) of the Secret Cult Abolition Law 2017 and punishable under Section 5(b) of the Indian Hemp Act.
The pleas of the defendants were not taken while the prosecutor urged the court to remand them in prison custody.
The defence counsel, Mr Olatunde Olayemi, applied for his clients’ bail, promising that they would not jump bail.
The Magistrate, Mrs Kehinde Awosika, in her ruling, granted the defendants bail in the sum of N50,000 with one surety each in like sum.
Awosika adjourned the case till June 3 for mention.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)