December 29, 2014 by Alexander Okere
The police in Edo State have arraigned a teenager and three others before an Evboriaria Magistrates’ Court, sitting in Benin, Edo State, for alleged cult activities and forgery.
The accused, Ekomoba Abu, 26; Ononiwu Samuel, 19; Ehibor Austine, 29; and Nkwocha Emeka, 25; were arraigned on a five counts of on forgery, unlawful possession of firearms, which they used to cause public panic, operating as members of Black Axe Cult and committing advance fee fraud otherwise known as 419.
They were alleged to have forged sign-up letters of the Nigeria Entertainment Music Board, Nigeria Football Federation and the Visionaries Football Club in Ogwashi-Uku, Delta State, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 467 of the Criminal Code Cap. 48, Vol. 11, laws of the defunct Bendel State of Nigeria, 1976, as applicable in Edo.
The three accused persons and others at large were alleged to have unlawfully had in their possession two live cartridges on December 26 at Ewere Street, Benin, “contrary to Section 9 and punishable under Section 28 (1) (B), (2) and (3) of the Fire Arms and Armed Robbery (Special Provision) Act, Cap. 398, laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.”
Although the pleas of the accused were not taken, the trial Chief Magistrate, A.A Ihenyen, however, directed that they be remanded in custody.
While adjourning the case to January 30, 2015, he also ordered that the case file be duplicated and copies sent to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions for legal advice.