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SUBSIDY PROTEST: POLICE ARRAIGN 20 PROTESTERS

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No fewer than 20 antisubsidy removal protesters were yesterday brought to Ikeja Magistrate Court and arraigned by the police for breach of public peace and possession of dangerous arms.

The youths who were between the ages of 18 and 38 were charged with offences ranging from conspiracy, breach of public peace to possession of dangerous weapons. The alleged offences were said to have been committed on Friday January 13, in different parts of Lagos, while participating in protests.

Ten of the youths who were arraigned before Magistrate A.O. Akinde were said to have conspired among themselves in Ijaiye, and Iyana-Ipaja areas of the state to commit felony to wit 'offences likely to cause breach of peace,' which is punishable under Section 516 of the Criminal Code, Cap C17, Vol. 11, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria 2003.

The ten youths were Jamiu Oyewole (32years), Jubril Wasiu (24), Bola Siyanbola (26), Suraju Yakubu (25), Adekunle Yusuf (25), Kamorudeen Owolabi (27), Nojeemdeen Oshota (23), Fadare Babatunde (38), Sule Oladeyinbo (26) and Oluwafemi Adewole (21). When their plea was taken, all of them pleaded not guilty to the offences preferred against them. The trial Magistrate granted them bail in the sum of N10, 000 with one surety, who have evidence of tax payment while she adjourned the matter till; February 16, 2012.

The remaining ten -David Sanni (20), Taye Alani ((35), Abiodun Olatunji (24), Gbenga Balogun (24), Ganiyu Amoo (30), Ahmed Jayeola (25), Hassan Sikiru (22), Moshood Alao (22), Jamiu Alabi (33) and Rasheed Gani (19) were arraigned before Magistrate A.T Omoyele.

They were arraigned on a six-count charge of breach of peace and possession of dangerous weapon.

One of the charge read that, 'On the 10th day of January 2012 at about 0010 hours at 7up under bridge, Ijora, Lagos Magistrate District did conspire among yourselves to commit felony to wit unlawful assembly, a conduct likely to cause breach of peace and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 516 of the Criminal Code Cap C17, Laws of Lagos State.'