An Ado-Ekiti High Court on Wednesday sentenced two students of Ekiti State University (EKSU), Akintunde Olumide and Oladapo Olaoluwa, to three years imprisonment being found guilty of involvement in cultism.
Justice Mosun Abodunde, in her judgment, held that the prosecution has proved a case of stealing, assault and membership of a secret cult group against the accused beyond every reasonable doubt.
Police prosecutor, Femi Falade, told the court that the accused committed the offence on July 13, 2013, at a hotel in Iworoko-Ekiti. Falade said the offence was punishable under Section 355,4(1) of Criminal Code Laws of Ekiti State 2012 and Secret Cults (Abolition and Prohibition).
The prosecutor called four witnesses to prove his case, while the defendant counsel, Emmanuel Oluwole, also called three witnesses to prove his case.
According to Justice Abodunde, the accused made a confessional statement as a member of Black Axe Confraternity at the Criminal Investigation Department during interrogation. She added that the Police found in their custody, small cutlass, black head warmer, black T-shirt, black trousers during the investigation.
Her words: “It is not a tool for education, it is a weapon of danger and indiscriminating, which should not be seen within the school premises,” she added. Justice Abodunde said the exhibit recovered from the accused made the case weighty and voluminous.
The justice, therefore, found the accused guilty as charged and convicted them accordingly. The judge resolved two of the issues in favour of the accused and used the last count to sentence them to three years imprisonment without any option of fine.
She added that this would serve as the deterrent to other students in higher institutions to shun any secret cult activities.
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