Three Secondary School students were on Thursday, May 21, arraigned before an Ogbeson Chief Magistrates’ Court in Benin for allegedly belonging to unlawful society.
The defendants: Aminu Rasak, 19, Chinedu Aduba, 14, and Eromosele Okonofuo, 21, are being tried for one-count charge each for being members of an unlawful society.
Police prosecutor, Inspector Abass Faruk, alleged that the first defendant, Rasak joined the Baby Bird secret cult (Eiye) sometimes in the month of March, 2018, at Aduwawa Secondary School, in Benin.
According to the prosecutor, the second and third defendants (Aduba and Okonofua) were initiated into Eiye cult in the same Aduwawa secondary School sometimes January 10, 2019, and August, 2018, respectively.
He said the offence contravened the provision of Section 64 of the Criminal Code Cap. 48 Vol. 11, Laws of the defunct Bendel State of Nigeria 1976, now applicable in Edo.
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Chief Magistrate, Prince Mutairu Oare, however admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N100,000 each, with one surety in like sum.
He said the surety must either be a Guardian, adding that all information must be verified by the court’s Registrar.
The magistrate therefore adjourned the case until June 2, for further hearing.