Ogun Special Cultism Court Takes Off, Jails Cultist Seven-Year
A special cultism court has started sitting in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital, as part of moves to fast track the trial of suspected cultists in the state.
The decisions to set up the special court were arrived at after a meeting of the state joint Security Council, held at the Governor’s Office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, in September 2023, following repeated bloody cult clashes in Sagamu.
Last Friday, the court located at the magistrate court, Isabo, convicted a member of Eiye Confraternity Adebanjo Saheed to seven years jail term without an option of a fine.
Magistrate O. Oke, delivering his judgment said, it was the duty of the court to send a strong message to other cultists, following the increase in the occurrence of cult-related clashes across the state.
The magistrate told cult members that, there was no benefit they are deriving in the membership of a cult group or any proscribed organization.
The police prosecutor in the case of Saheed, who was convicted, Inspector Olaide Rawlings told the court that the accused was sighted with four others behind Adegbenro ICT Polytechnic, Itori on the night of July 7, 2023.
The prosecutor said they were chanting songs of their cult group when a police team swooped on them.
He said five of them escaped while Saheed was arrested, and later confessed to being a member of Eiye Confraternity.
But he could not give reasons for what they were doing at that place and at that hour of the day
The defendant later made a confessional statement that he was a member of the Eiye Confraternity secret group, the prosecutor added.