10 students of the Osun State Polytechnic, Iree were on Tuesday arraigned by the police at an Osogbo Magistrates’ Court for being members of a secret cult. The students are believed to be members of the Neo-Black Movement of Africa, also known as the Black Axe Confraternity. Also arraigned with the students was one Ajisebiyawo Abiodun, a 52 year old man who allegedly accommodated the suspects as they held a meeting in his house in Iree.
The suspects, Timothy Odeniji, 20, Oladimeji Olamilekan, 19, Salau Wasiu, 20, Fash Rasak, 32, Awe Tayo, 25, Moses Akinwale, 21, Afeez Opeyemi, 20, Mutiu Rasak, 22, Christopher Nmokoro, 26, and Olayinka Sola,22 were arrested by the police on July 30 where they found with an axe where they were holding a meeting.
The Police prosecutor, Sulaiman Olorukooba told the court that police investigation showed that the suspects belong to the Black Axe Confraternity and that Abiodun was aware of their cult membership and he knowingly allowed the unlawful meeting to be held in his house. The suspects were alleged to have committed offences contravening Sections 516, 64 (a/b) and 80 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Osun, 2003. All the suspects however pleaded not guilty.
The Magistrate, Olusola Aluko granted the suspects bail in the sum of N 200,000 with one surety each in like sum. The sureties must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court and each must provide two clear passport-sized photographs and three consecutive years’ tax clearance certificates.
Further hearing has been fixed for September 7, 2011.