Police Arraign 2 For Leading Hoodlums To Invade Transcorp’s Premises
Two men, Prosper Uzordima, 31, and Stanley Okereke, 35, were today, arraigned before an Igboosere Chief Magistrate’s Court, for allegedly leading hoodlums to invade the premises of Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc, (Transcorp).
The two defendants, according to the men of Inspector-General of Police Monitoring Team, of Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (FCIID) Alagbon-Ikoyi, Lagos, had on October 6, invaded Transcorp premises at block 1, Plot 1-6, Rumens road, Ikoyi, Lagos.
They were arraigned before Chief Magistrate O. O. Oshin (Mrs), on four counts charge bordering on conspiracy, breaking into, unlawful entry and conduct likely to cause breach of public peace.
The offences, according to the police prosecutor, Barrister Morufu Animashaun, are contrary to and punishable under sections 409, 52, 309 and 168(8) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Following their not guilty plea, the prosecutor asked the court for a trial date, while urged the court to remand them in prisons custody pending the determination of the case.
However, the defendants’ lawyer, R. U. Nwandu, while not opposed to the trial date, urged the court to grant his clients bail in the most liberal terms.
Nwandu told the court that bail is a fundamental rights of his clients, adding that the charges against them are bail able ones.
Ruling on the submissions of both parties, the presiding magistrate, Mrs. Oshin, conceded to the request of defendants.
She consequently admitted bail to the defendants in the sum of N250, 000, with two sureties each in the like sum.
The magistrate also ordered the sureties- to be, to show to court evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos State government, means of livelihood, and have their residential and office addresses verified by the prosecutor.
She however ordered that the defendants be remanded in prisons custody pending the perfection of the bail terms while adjourned till January 25, 2018, for commencement of trial.
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