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Trader docked for cultism

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ILORIN – A 25­-year-old trader, Bolaji Issah,  was on Thursday arraigned  in  an Ilorin Magistrates’ Court for allegedly belonging to a secret cult.

The prosecutor, Cpl. Abegunde Elijah, told the court that the accused was arrested following a tip-off  to the  Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in  Ilorin.

He said acting  upon the tip-off, the cult’s  hideout at Geri-Alimi Area was raided and  the accused  arrested.

Elijah  added that when a search was conducted  on  the residence of the accused, a cutlass,  sword, axe, MTN, Visaphone and Glo sim cards were recovered.

He  alleged that the accused was a member of  the Eiye secret cult, adding  that investigation  revealed that the numerous SIM cards recovered  were meant for criminal acts.

The prosecutor said the accused was  arraigned  on a two-count charge of criminal conspiracy and being a member of a secret cult,  contrary to sections 97 and 11 of  Secret Society in Education, Laws of Kwara State, 2004.

He urged the court to remand the accused in prison pending the outcome of investigation.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Magistrate Ibrahim Dasuki remanded the accused at the Federal Prison, Oke-Kura, Ilorin.

He adjourned the case till  June 17 for further mention. (NAN)

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