The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, speaks to journalists on the Lagos State Police command in Lagos on March 1, 2021.
The police authorities in Lagos State on Wednesday arraigned 60 suspected cultists earlier than a Justice of the Peace courtroom sitting within the Yaba space of the state.
The 60 suspects, made up of 12 females and 48 males, have been arraigned earlier than Chief Magistrate Adeola Adebayo beneath the brand new Anti-Cultism Law of Lagos.
This comes 15 days after the state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu signed the anti-cultism invoice into regulation.
The new regulation, “Prohibition of Unlawful Societies and Cultism of 2021” seeks to fight cultism in Lagos State by giving stiffer punishments to convicted cultists and people abetting them.
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It prescribes a 21-year jail time period for convicted cultists and a 15-year jail time for these discovered responsible of abetting cultism & cultists.
In the cost sheet signed by SP Yetunde Cardoso, the Officer in Charge of Legal, Lagos State Police Command, the vast majority of these arraigned right now have been arrested in Ikorodu between February and March on allegations of belonging to the Aiye cult and different illegal societies.
Some of them have been additionally charged with being in possession of arms and inflicting a breach of the peace.
Twelve of the 60 have been additionally charged with conspiracy and the homicide of 1 John Anibaba opposite to S222(1) Criminal Law of Lagos.