Five persons were on Friday arraigned in Enugu, Enugu State, for allegedly forming Junior Vikings and Burkina Faso confraternities.
The defendants are Ekemeka Kingsley, 21; Chinagorom Ugoama, 17; Nnamani Ifesinachi, 24; William Emeka, 24, and Nwafor Tochukwu 19.
They appeared before an Enugu South Magistrates’ Court Grade 1 on a two-count charge of conspiracy and unlawful association.
The prosecutor, E.I Ajokwu, told the court that the defendants and others still at large, on May 23, conspired among themselves to become members of the cult groups.
Mr Ajokwu said it was in the process of forming the groups at Amechi Aukwunaw, Enugu, that they were arrested.
According to him, the action of the defendants contravened Section 8 (17) of Enugu State Public Order Law, 2010, which forbids secret cult activities.
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Counsel to the defendants, J.I Onovo, applied for their bail.
“My Lord, the alleged offence is bailable under Section 88 of the Administration of Criminal Law of Enugu State and Section 36, Sub-section 5 of 1999 Constitution as amended.
“Their parents are here, in the court, to take them as sureties and they are responsible people who will provide them whenever court wants them,” he said.
The prosecutor did not object to the bail application.
The Chief Magistrate, R.O. Nwebiem, granted the defendants bail in the sum of N100, 000 each and a surety each in like sum.
Mr Nwebiem ordered that the sureties must have evidence of tax payment to the state government.
The case was adjourned to July 14 for substantive hearing.
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