1004 Residents’ Association president charged with felony

The police have arraigned the president of 1004 Residents’ Association, Victoria Island, Lagos, Tayo Soetan before an Igbosere Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, for alleged felony.
Soetan, 59, was arraigned alongside four others Bosun Sosanya (47), Adebayo Ademiluyi (41), Friday Alika (48) and Abubakar Audu (28).
They are standing trial before Mr W. B. Balogun on a charge marked G/13/2017 bordering on conspiracy, felony, forcible invasion and conduct likely to cause breach of peace.
The police alleged that on December 5, 2015, the defendants conspired and forcibly entered the office of Managing Director of 1004 Estate Limited, Samuel Ukpong and disrupted the smooth administration of the estate.
They and others at large were also alleged to have conducted themselves in a manner likely to cause a breach of peace, with intent to cause a breakdown of law and order.
The offences, according to the prosecutor, Paul Ogwuba, were contrary to and punishable under Sections 411, 52, and 166(d)(b) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the three counts
The first defendant’s counsel, Kingsley Ajogun, urged the court to admit him to bail on self-recognisance.
He said: “The first defendant was invited by the police for an interview before he was brought to court for arraignment. He is a Deputy Managing Director of Halogen Security Ltd.”
Counsel to the other defendants, Promise Asipo, made a similar application, promising that they would not jump bail.
Asipo said the second defendant was the Managing Director of Cashlink Limited and had been honouring police invitations.
He identified the third defendant as the manager of the law firm, Adebayo Admiluyi and Co. of 200, Igbosere Road, Lagos.
In a bench ruling, Balogun granted only third defendant, Adebayo Ademiluyi bail on self-recognisance, “because he can easily be apprehended if he jumps bail”.
The court ordered the lawyer to write a letter and attach a copy of his bar certificate, complimentary card and passport photograph.
Balogun granted the other defendants N5million bail and two sureties and adjourned till April 20.

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