Two octogenarians, Baale Joel Falola, 83, and 81-year-old Jonah Ezun, as well as eight other persons alleged to have illegally retaken possession of a land from the Zannu-Idoko family of Adaragun, were yesterday arraigned before an Igbosere, Lagos, chief magistrate court.
The other defendants are Ezun Ayeni Shola 61; Oseni Shafiu, 62; Kpede Matthew, 52; Segun Ajose 45; Dogbenu David, 50; Olabanji Felix, 53; Samuel Falola, 64, and 73-year-old Solomon Orekomi.
They were all docked before Magistrate O. O. Oshin on a six-count criminal charge of forceful entry, conduct likely to cause breach of the peace and criminal conspiracy.
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According to the police, the suspects and others still on the run committed the offence on December 8, 2017 at Adaragun community, Badagry, Lagos.
The police alleged that the accused persons retook possession of a land from the Zannu-Idoko family of Adaragun via Badagry in a land where judgment had been given against them in a Supreme Court judgment suit No. 35 of 1935 and High Court of Lagos State judgments under Justice Abiru in suit No. ID/554M/200, and suit No. BD/22/2005 under Justice Alogba, and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 104 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.
They were also alleged to have conducted themselves in a manner likely to cause a breach of the peace when they entered the land “in peaceful possession” of the Zannu-Idoko family.
The police alleged that the accused persons also unlawfully entered into a building which was “in actual and peaceful possession” of one Evangelist Kehinde Zanu, and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 52 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.
They all pleaded not guilty and were admitted to bail of N200,000, each with sureties.
Further hearing has been fixed for August 15, 2019.