By Adejuwon Osunnuyi
Two commercial motorcyclists, popularly known as Okada riders, Okoli Ugochukwu and Friday Ativie, were on Thursday, arraigned before an Igbosere Chief Magistrate’s Court, Lagos, on a 14 count-charge, bordering on conspiracy, forgery and conduct likely to cause breach of public peace.
This police from Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (FCIID) Alagbon-Ikoyi, Lagos, alleged that the two accused persons who are members of Ajeromi/Apapa Unit of Amalgamated Commercial Tricycle and Motorcycle Owners and Riders Association of Nigeria, ACCOMORAN, were said to have committed the offence sometimes in June 5, 2017.
The prosecutor, Morufu Animashaun, told the court the the two defendants, conspired among themselves and unlawfully forged series of tickets belonging to ACCOMORAN, when they are not given the permission to do so by the executives of the association.
As that was not enough, the two defendants, when called upon to defend their inglorious role, acted in a manner that likely to cause breach of public peace.
The offences according to the prosecutor, are contrary to and punishable under sections 411, 365 and 168 of the criminal laws of Lagos state of Nigeria, 2015.
The defendants however pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Following their plea of innocence to the charges, their lawyer, Johnson Adekunle, to grant his client bail in the most liberal terms.
Adekunle told the court that his clients have responsible sureties, and that they will always available for the trial of the matter.
Upon the application of the defendants’ lawyer to the court, Chief Magistrate O. O. Oshin, granted each of the defendants to bail in the sum of N500, 000, with two sureties.
The Chief magistrate ordered that one of the sureties must be a managing director of a reputable company, and that the sureties must show to court evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos government, and have their means of livelihood and address verified.
This matter has been adjourned till April 26, for trial.
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