March 31, 2016
Written by: Sam Nwaoko
TWO students of Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado Ekiti, have been jailed for three years without an option of fine by an Ekiti State High Court, for cultism.
The duo (Akintunde Olumide and Oladapo Olaoluwa) were convicted on Wednesday, following a charge brought against them by the police, which said they committed the offence on July 13, 2013 at a hotel in Iworoko-Ekiti.
The prosecution, led by Mr Femi Falade, had said that the accused were brought on a three-count-charge of stealing, assault and secret cult.
He had held that the offence was punishable under Section 355.4(1) of criminal code Laws of Ekiti State 2012 and Secret cults (Abolition and Prohibition).
The prosecution counsel had also called four witnesses to prove his case, while the defence counsel, Mr Emmanuel Oluwole, also called three witnesses to prove his case.
Justice Mosun Abodunde, in her judgement said the prosecution counsel had established a case of secret cult beyond reasonable doubt and noted that the accused made a confessional statement as a member of Black Axe at the criminal investigation department during interrogation.
She added that the police found cutlass, black head warmer, black T-shirt, black trousers in their custody during investigation.
The judge also held that the short cutlass could not be measurable with the one used for agriculture or weeding.
She said “It is not a tool for education; it is a weapon of danger and intimidation which should not be seen within the school premises.”
She decried cultism and said secret cult according to Ekiti State laws was a group whose membership were kept in secret, committing or inciting violence, encouraging the disturbance of the state.