2 ‘Omo-oniles’ Charged With Land Grabbing

Two men, Akinlade Shakiru, 58, and Emmanuel Akinloye Akintola, 59, were on Friday, arraigned before an Igboosere Chief Magistrate’s Court, Lagos, on a five counts charge, bordering on conspiracy, land grabbing, conduct likely to breach public peace, and unlawful incursion into another person’s land.

The two men were arraigned before Chief Magistrate O. O. Oshin (Mrs.), by the men of Federal Criminal intelligence and Investigation Department (FCIID), Alagbon, Lagos.

The FCIID, through its lawyer, Morufu Animashaun, on Friday, told the court that the two defendants and others now at large, had sometimes in 2016, at Mopo Akinlade village, Mopo in Eti-Osa Local government area, Lagos State, conspired among themselves to commit felony, and forcibly entered into a parcel of land lawfully belong to one Adaobi Uche Okolo.

The two accused persons were also alleged to have on the said day, with some people, and in order to cause breach of public peace against Adaobi Uche Okolo, by unlawfully and forcefully entered her land.

The first accused, Akinlade Shakiru, was particularly alleged to have the knowledge the second accused, Samuel Akintoye Akintola, designed to commit felony but failed to prevent the act commission of the offence.

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The offences according to the prosecutor, Barrister Animashaun, are contrary to and punishable under sections 411, 52, 53, 410 and 168 (d) of the criminal laws of Lagos state of Nigeria, 2015.

The two accused pleaded not guilty to all the counts of the charge.

Following the plea of the accused, their lawyer, Oluwaseun Oluyide, pleaded with the court to admit them to bail in the most liberal terms.

Oluyide told the court that his clients are first time offenders, who have no criminal records, and promised that they will not jump bail.

The presiding magistrate, Chief Magistrate Oshin, admitted each of the accused to bail in the sum of N250, 000, with two sureties in the same like sum.

The magistrate also ordered that one of the sureties must be a civil servant not below Grade Level 14, and that the sureties must show evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos State government, with evidence of livelihood, utility bills, and must be residents of Lagos State.

The Chief magistrate while adjourned the matter till March 7, for commencement of trial, ordered that the accused persons be remanded in prisons custody, pending the perfection of the bail terms.

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