Black Axe members during a procession

Ikorodu (NAN) The Police on Thursday in Lagos brought 13 men before an Ikorodu Magistrates’ Court over alleged membership of a secret cult, known as “Aiye Confraternity’’, which is a popular nickname for Black Axe Confraternity.

The accused include, Kehinde Ojora, 36; Adeola Mayowa, 26; Moshood Adegbesan, 22; Shakiru Owolabi, 51; Azeez Ibrahim,22; Israel Ogundare, 24; Omolade Sunday, 21; Akindele Segun, 27; Moshood Saka, 22; and Rasheed Babatunde, 23.

Others are: Mustapha Akeem, 21; Fagbemi Michael, 22; Suleimon Muhammed, 27; all residence of Oreta Village in Ikorodu Lagos.

The prosecutor, Cpl. Bosede Adegeshin, said the accused were caught in the village bush initiating themselves on Jan.14. 2017 at exactly 2:30 a.m.

“They were caught with their confraternity Logo by the Police on parade,’’ she said.

Adegeshin said the offence contravened Section 409 and 42(1) of the Criminal Code Laws of Lagos State, 2011.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the sections depict three and two years imprisonment for offender.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge offence and was granted bail in the sum of N500,000 and two sureties by Magistrate O. O. Olatunji.

Olatunji said the sureties must be a representative in the community and must show evidence of tax payment.

He adjourned the case to March 9, for further hearing.

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