15 Jailed, Others Remanded Over Mushin Gang War

15 Jailed, Others Remanded Over Mushin Gang War 

Fifteen suspects have pleaded guilty of involving in the
clash between two gangs in Idi Oro, Mushin, Lagos State, which claimed
the life of a load carrier, identified only as Kayode.
The suspects were arraigned with 24 others on Thursday at
the Lagos State Mobile Court on four counts bordering on breach of the
peace and unlawful possession of cannabis.
PUNCH Metro had reported that the rival groups –
Alamutu boys and Akala boys – clashed over the sharing of money
collected from traders in a market in the community.
Apart from Kayode, who was killed by a stray bullet, a
policeman was also shot in the leg, while about 10 shops were set on
fire by the hoodlums.
It took a combined team of police and men of the Nigerian Army to restore normalcy to the area while 68 persons were arrested.
After the suspects were screened, 39 persons were brought before a magistrate, Mr. Tosin Ojuromi, on Thursday.
Fifteen of them, who pleaded guilty to the offences, were
sentenced to between six and two years’ imprisonment with an option of
fine ranging from N150,000 to N200,000.
Sixteen accused, who pleaded not guilty, were granted
bail in the sum of N250,000 each, with two sureties in like sum, adding
that the suspects should be remanded pending when their bail conditions
would be perfected.
Ojuromi, however, discharged and acquitted eight accused
after proper identification, and adjourned till May 25, 2017, for
commencement of trial of the 16 defendants.
The court held that the six bags of cannabis recovered from the suspects should be immediately destroyed in public.
The Chairman of the Lagos State Task Force, SP Olayinka
Egbeyemi, said the suspects were arraigned after thorough investigation
by the agency.
He said, “The prosecuted miscreants and hoodlums were
gang members from Alamutu Street and Akala Elegba boys. They engaged one
another in a free-for-all that resulted in loss of life with serious
looting of valuables of innocent traders, which include food items like
bags of rice, beans, palm oil, banana and burning of houses/shops around
Idi Oro.
“Weapons recovered by security agencies during the fracas
include machetes, axes, rods, cutlasses and charms with six bags of
hemp.
“The Governor Akinwunmi Ambode-led administration is
determined to provide a peaceful environment devoid of criminal
activities. Parents and guidance should always monitor activities of
their wards as the government would not spare anyone or group of persons
caught breaching the peace being enjoyed by the citizens of the state.”

PUNCH