Two men, Joel Akpobolokaime, 25, and Charles Ikechukwu, 27, who are alleged members of a secret cult and suspected to possess tramadol, on Monday appeared before an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos State.
The defendants are standing trial for alleged conspiracy, membership of an unlawful society, possession of hemp, and possession of a stolen Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card.
The duo, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Prosecutor, Sgt. Glory Godday, had told the court that the defendants committed the offences on March 24 on Iganmu Road, opposite Orile Police Station, Lagos State.
She said that the duo belonged to an unlawful society, Neo Black Movement of Africa cult, and were in possession of an axe, three wraps of hemp and two tablets of tramadol.
She also said that the defendants were in possession of an ATM card suspected to be stolen from one Mr. Kelvin Agumefe.
The alleged offences contravene Sections 42(1)(a), 43(2), 329 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs. A.O. Komolafe, granted the accused bail in the sum of N250,000 with two sureties each in like sum.
She adjourned the case until May 2, for mention. (NAN)