The police on Wednesday dragged six men, including a herbalist, who were alleged to be Badoo cult members,before a Magistrate Court at Ebute Metta for allegedly smashing the heads of a pastor and other family members with a grinding stone.
The accused are Chibuzor Igwe, 19; Omotayo Onamoyegun, 25; Samuel Ameze, 38 and Gift Ameze, 35. Others are Uche Igwe, 23; and Fatai Adebayo, a.k.a Aleshe, 34; a herbalist.
Chibuzo and his brother, Igwe had already pleaded guilty to the charge of murder brought against them, while the other accused entered a ‘not guilty’ plea.
The Magistrate, Mrs. Bola Folarin-Williams, remanded them at Ikoyi Prisons pending legal advice from the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). She adjourned the case until March 8.
Mr. Emmanuel Eze, a lawyer from the State Criminal and Investigative Intelligence Department, Panti, said the accused committed the offences on November 26, 2017 at Ofin area and also at No. 12, Alajo Close, Abule Oshorun, Ibeshe in Ikorodu.
He alleged that the accused had broken into the apartment of the deceased, Pastor Victor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Ikorodu, and used a stone to smash his head while he was asleep.
He told the court that the accused gained entry through the window and made away with his phone, valued at N13,000.
The accused also entered the premises of the Yekinis and used a grinding stone to smash the heads of Sakiru, Kehinde and Salad Yekini causing them grievous harm.
Eze said the accused also went away with a DVD player and a T-shirt, all valued at N8,000 belonging to the family members. The offences contravened Sections 223, 245, 280 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.