Police slams terrorism charges on Lagos market leader


The suspect has been accused of terrorism, attempted murder, and conspiracy.


Nov.5 (PREMIUM TIMES) –The Criminal Investigation Department of the Lagos State Police Command has filed a seven count charge including terrorism, attempted murder, and conspiracy against Jonathan Okoli, a market leader.

The presiding magistrate at the Ebute Metta Magistrate Court, M.O Olajuwon, ordered that Mr. Okoli, 50, a factional leader at Aguiyi Ironsi International Market, Ladipo, be remanded in prison custody.

The matter was adjourned to December 3 to await the advice of the Directorate of Public Prosecution.

The police accused Mr. Okoli, a native of Ndionwu in Anambra State, and others at large, of arming themselves with dangerous weapons and demanding property menacingly from the traders at the Ladipo market.

They also accused him of inflicting machete cuts on the head and back of one Ejike Maduchukwu, a trader at the market, in March this year.

Over the years, the popular Ladipo auto spare parts market has been a hotbed of violence as various factions of market leaders battled for supremacy.

Some months ago, the Lagos State Government ordered an indefinite closure of the market after violent clashes erupted in the market.

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