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The police in Ogun State on Monday arraigned three suspected cult members at an Ota Magistrates’ Court.

The accused are John Paul, 19; Babatunde James, 28; and Tosin Yusuf, 22.

They are facing trial on a two-count charge of membership of unlawful society and conspiracy, to which they pleaded not guilty.

Prosecuting Sergeant Abdulkareem Mustapha said the accused and others at large committed the offences on July 4, at 2pm, at Kolas area, Cashier bus stop, Itele, Ota.

He said the accused and others belonged to a secret society called “Aiye Confraternity”.

Mustapha said the defendants had been creating fears in the minds of the community by carrying cutlass in the public.

He said the offences contravened sections 5 and 80 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ogun, 2006.

Chief Magistrate Matthew Akinyemi, in his ruling, granted each of the defendants N200,000 bail with two sureties each in the like sum.

He said the sureties must live within the court’s jurisdiction and be employed.

He said the sureties should show evidence of tax payment to the Ogun State Government as part of the bail conditions.

The case was adjourned till August 7.

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