At least 43 persons were on Wednesday arraigned by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly committing various offences during the recently suspended six-day nationwide protests.
Twenty-one of the accused persons were arraigned at an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court, for offences ranging from the breach of the peace to assault, stealing and armed robbery.
The seven minors were among the 22 others also arraigned at a Family Court for various offences.
At Magistrates` Court 16, 10 persons were arraigned on a two-count charge bordering on alleged breach of the public peace before Magistrate A.O. Akinde.
Those arraigned were Jamiu Oyewole, Jubril Wasiu, Bola Shinabola, Suraju Yakubu, and Adekunle Yusuf.
They also included Kamorudeen Owolabi, Nojeemdeen Oshota, Fadare Babatunde, Sule Oladeyinbo and Oluwafemi Adewole.
The prosecutor, ASP L.O. Mamman, alleged that the accused persons had on Jan. 13, at Ijaiye/ Iyana-Ipaja area of Lagos, conspired to cause a breach of the public peace.
He said that their alleged offences were punishable under Sections 249 (d) and 516 of the Criminal Code, Cap C17, Vol. II, Laws of Lagos State, 2003.
The 10 accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Their lawyers, Imonighara Ese and Mrs Francisca Egbe, urged the court to strike out the charges because the accused persons were innocent and were victims of circumstances.
In the alternative, the lawyers asked the court to grant their clients bail on very lenient terms.
The court granted them bail in the sum of N10,000 each, with one ``responsible surety'' in like sum.
The sureties were directed to produce evidence of means, with three years tax clearance, payable to the Lagos State government.
The matter was adjourned to Feb. 16.
Ten other persons were arraigned at Court 8, before by Magistrate A.T. Omoyele, on a six-count charge bordering on breach of the peace and possession of dangerous weapons.
They included Ahmed Jayeola, Daniel Sani, Taye Alani, Abiodun Olatunji and Gbenga Balogun.
Others arraigned were Ganiyu Amoo, Hassan Sikiru, Moshood Alao, Jamiu Alabi and Rasheed Gani.
The prosecutor, Insp. Roman Unuigbe, alleged that the accused persons carried out the offences on Jan. 10, at 7UP, Ijora, Lagos.
He alleged that they armed themselves with dangerous weapons and threatened the peace in the area by causing panic to members of the public.
He said that their alleged offences were punishable under Sections 80, 249 (d) and 516 of the Criminal Code, Cap C17, Vol. II, Laws of Lagos State, 2003.
The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges and were also granted bail.
Also arraigned was Lateef Ishola, 25, who was charged before the same court for allegedly committing robbery on Jan. 11.
Ishola was said to have conspired with others, now at large, to rob one Mr Akilo Moses and one Mr Awosanya Abiodun at Ojota bridge in Ikeja.
He was said to have robbed his victims of one Blackberry phone valued at N30,000, National ID card, driver`s licence, N12,000 cash and a Nokia 2310 phone, valued at N8,000.
His alleged offence is punishable under Sections 402(1) (a) and 516 (a) of the Criminal Code Cap C17, Vol. II, Laws of Lagos State 2003.
He pleaded not guilty and was remanded in prison custody.