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Five men, woman invade Yemoja shrine in Lagos, beat up chief priest

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The police in Lagos have apprehended six persons for invading a ‘Yemoja’ shrine and beating up a traditional chief in the Ejigbo area of the state, Giwa Lamoru.

The six, Jelili Atiku, 51; Mosuru Saula, 49; Hassan Nasiru, 42; Mukaila Imakiyo, 52; Nureni Saila, 45 and Jemilat Kazeem, 56, were arraigned in an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos  on Tuesday.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Aondohemba Koti explained that the suspects committed the offence in April at Moshalasi Street, Ejigbo, Lagos, the Police

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“The defendants who invaded the shrine with cutlasses, iron rods, charms, planks, bottles among other weapons, beat up the chief of Ejigbo Land,” he said.

Koti said that the defendants chased away the traditional ruler, priests and worshippers and locked up the entrance and doors of the shrine.

“The defendants constituted nuisance by removing the ‘Yemoja’ Sacred Staff from where it was placed and put it at the frontage of the shrine which is prohibited.”

He said the defendants attacked the palace when a date to celebrate the traditional festival of Ejigbo land called Omo-Agbo was announced.

“The defendants claimed that the king currently on the throne, was not the right person and that the festival will not hold,” the prosecutor said.

The suspects pleaded not guilty, and the magistrate, Mrs M.O Tanimola, admitted them to bail in the sum of N100,000 each with one surety each in like sum, and adjourned the case until May 20.

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