The accused were protesting the kidnappers’ den.
The Police have dragged 14 persons before an Ibadan Chief Magistrates’ Court, Iyaganku, for alleged demonstration, malicious damage and destroying innocent people’s property.
The accused were allegedly demonstrating over the Soka kidnappers den discovered on Saturday. Over 20 corpses and sickly people were discovered in the building with those alive saying they had been held captive for over a year.
The accused: Taye Lamidi,18; Samson Opeyemi, 22; Uchenna Anthony ,20; Sunday Ebedi, 19; Sakiru Ogunjobi, 19; Jamiu Oriolowo, 23; Jubril Bakare, 25; and Samuel Kayode, 25, were all in court.
Others are Adeniyi Adetunji, 34; Pinnock Folorunso, 24; Habib Adekola, 22; Suraju Adeoye, 28; Bayo Okunlola, 26; and Ahmed Yishau.
The accused were arraigned on a three-count charge of conspiracy, demonstration, malicious damage.
The Prosecutor, James Oriola, alleged that the accused conspired to commit misdemeanour with malicious damage.
Mr. Oriola said all the accused willfully and maliciously damaged the front and back wind screens of one Toyota Camry valued at N100,000, property of one Josephine Jolayemi.
He also explained that all the accused conducted themselves in a manner likely to cause breach of the peace by demonstrating and destroying innocent citizen’s property.
Mr. Oriola said the offence was committed on March 23 at Soka area, Ibadan.
He said the offence contravened sections 249 (d), 451 and 517 of the Criminal Code Cap 38, Vol.II, Laws of Oyo State 2000.
The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Chief Magistrate, Risikat Ebelokun–Mustapha, granted all the accused bail for N20,000 with one surety in like sum.
She, thereafter, adjourned the case until April 23 for hearing.
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