Police arraigns 32 suspects over Mile 12 riot

Relocation of Mile 12 Market

The police yesterday arraigned 32 suspects before a magistrate court sitting in Ikeja, in connection with last week’s riot in Mile 12 area of the state.

Those arraigned are: Sanusi Mohammed 17, Haruna Abdulahi 30, Umaru Bala 18, Saheed Tahir Abdulahi 20, Musa Isa 22, Biliaminu Dauda 15, Abeeb Ibrahim 16, Farouq Abdamu 22, Aminu Abubakar 22, Sanni Amadu 24.

Others are Amoo Mustapha 42, Danjuma Adamson 30, America Umaru Saidu 21, Awolu Alli 30, Rufai Ibrahim 15, Monday Obasi 37, Aminu Abubakar 19, Abdulquddus Olalekan Ajuwon 19, Tunde Nureni 24, Abdulahi Umoru 20, and Musa Usman 35, Abdulahi Aliyu 35.

Others are: Aminu Saidi Ibrahim 19, Sunday Idoko 48, Hassan Adam 39, Yahaya sheu Malami 23, Rabiu Hamza 19, Nura Yahu 19, Rayyanu Lawal 34, Abdurama Mohammed 40, Abubakar Tasu 28, sunday Lawal 15 and Sani Ahasy 15.

The defendants were brought before Mrs. B.O. Osunsanmi on a two-count charge of conspiracy to wit felony, unlawful assembly, acts in a disorderly manner and also disturbing the public peace.

The prosecutors, Osuyi Goddy, and Inspector Simon Imhonwa, told the court that the defendants were said to have committed the alleged offence on March 3, 2016, at Agiliti, Mile 12, Ikorodu Road, Lagos. They all pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against them.

One of the prosecutors, Goddy, from the legal department of State Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Panti, objected to granting them bail, stating that most of the defendants do not have a fixed address and so may jump bail.

The magistrate said the offence is a bailable offence and therefore, granted each of them bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum.

She ordered that the sureties must be blood-related and must have verifiable addresses. She added that the sureties must be a regular taxpayer and subsequently adjourned trial till April 7, 2016.

It would be recalled that more than five persons reportedly died and several houses razed, during the riot which led to the closing down of the market by the state governor Akinwumi Ambode.



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