A 42-year-old herbalist, Lamidi Ibrahim, was Tuesday arraigned before a Lagos Magistrate Court sitting in Ikeja for allegedly converting his apartment to a shrine.
Ibrahim, who turned his rented apartment into a shrine, was charged for breach of peace and conspiracy. While testifying in court, the Prosecutor, Sgt Kehinde Olatunde, said the accused who resides at No. 9, Awopeju Close, Iju-Ishaga, Agege area of the State committed the offences on August 31 at his residence.
The prosecutor noted that Ibrahim, alongside others now at large, conspired to cause a breach of the peace by illegally converting a rented room into a shrine, adding that he and his cohorts usually performed rituals and disturbed the peace of neighbours.
Olatunde said, “The accused always buries charms in the compound, thereby disturbing the peace of co-tenants and all efforts to caution him always resulted in threat to life. “He also performed rituals, sacrifices, including spiritual cleansing in the premises.”
He added that the apartment was also used by fraudsters to carry out fraudulent activities.
“The accused brings people of questionable character to the premises to perpetrate fraudulent acts and engage in smoking of hemp,” Olatunde said.
According to Olatunde, the offences contravened Sections 166 and 410 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011, which prescribes six months jail-term for offenders.
When the charges were read, the accused pleaded not guilty and the Magistrate, Mr A.O. Aka-Bashorun, consequently granted him bail in the sum of N100, 000 with one surety in like sum.
Aka-Bashorun, adjourned the case to October 10 for mention