THREE men, Bolu Wasiu, Nwokochi Chinonso and Akinstutu Olaleye, were on Monday (today) arraigned before a Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja for alleged murder and keeping membership of unlawful society.
The defendants, whose addresses were not disclosed, are facing a two-count charge bordering on murder and unlawful society membership.
They pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Lagos State prosecutor, Mrs Uju Nwogazi, told the court that the defendants were arrested on 23 December 2021 around Alapere, Ketu area of Lagos.
Nwogazi said that the first and second defendants were charged for allegedly murdering a man simply identified as Jaju.
She said that Wasiu and Chinonso killed Jaju by hitting his head with a plank.
Nwogazi, then told the court that the third defendant (Olaleye) and the others (Wasiu and Chinonso) allegedly belonged to a society known as the Eye Confraternity.
She then moved for a trial date, in view of the plea of the the defendants.
The defence counsel, Mr Kevin Okereke did not object to the commencement of trial.
Justice Oyindamola Ogala, thereafter, asked, Olaleye (the third defendant), how long he had been in custody.
The third defendant said that he had been remanded at the Kirikiri Correctional Facility for one year and two months.
Justice Ogala then adjourned the matter till 5th February 2024 for trial, she ordered the issuance of witness summons.
The alleged offences contravene sections 213 and 42 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.