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100 Lagos okada riders docked over attempted murder

100 Lagos okada riders docked over attempted murder

About 100 commercial motorcyclists, popularly known as ‘Okada riders’ were arraigned before a Yaba Chief magistrates’ Court on Monday for attempted murder of operatives of Lagos taskforce and police during a raid in Festac area of the state on 7 December.

The suspect were also accused of setting vehicles belonging to the taskforce ablaze.

Some of the defendants are Sunday Mopol, 31; Fendo Musa, 20; Monday Adamu, 49; Orji Chimaobi, 25; Nasiru Kamolu, 21; Abdullahi Yahaya, 30; and 94 others.

The defendants were charged on three separate counts bordering on conspiracy, willful damage and attempted murder.

They however pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Police Prosecutor, SP Idowu Osungbure, earlier told the court that the defendants committed the offences at noon on Dec. 7, in 7th Ave. area of Festac Town, Lagos.

According to him, the Lagos state taskforce in conjunction with the police was on a raid on illegal motorcycle riders in Festac and confiscating some motorcycles.

He said that the Okada riders began to seriously attack the officials and set their white Fiat bus with Registration No. EPF 75 GR on fire.

Osungbure told the court that the defendants also set two Vanagon Volkswagen buses belonging to other people ablaze.

According to him, the offences contravened Sections 411, 350 and 230 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 230 prescribes life imprisonment for the offence of attempted murder while 350 stipulates two-year jail term for willful damage to property.

The Magistrate, Mrs Olatunbosun Adeola, granted the defendants bail in the sum of N200,000 each with two sureties in like sum.

Adeola said that the sureties must be gainfully employed, have landed properties within the court’s jurisdiction and show evidence of three years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

She further directed that they must all have their addresses verified by the court, and adjourned the case until Feb. 9, 2022. THE NATION

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