An Islamic Cleric, Mojeed Oyelami, 36,and three of his suspected accomplices; Ganiyu Lateef, 22; Moshood Nurudeen, 24; and Alfa Hassan Yusuf, 21, were Wednesday arraigned before a Chief Magistrate in Ibadan on a three-count charge of conspiring, unlawful imprisonment and deprivation of liberty of 18 children and seven adults without their consent.
Fourteen others, who are parents of the children were arraigned with the Islamic Cleric and his suspected accomplices on a one-count charge of unlawfully abandon and exposing their children to danger.
The parents charged along with the Islamic cleric and his suspected accomplices were Alfa Isiaka Olorungbebe, 60; Kamoru Balogun, 48; Akande Saka Tunde, 35; Hassan Muyideen, 27; Saudat Rasaki, ‘f,’ 45; Lateefat Soladoye ‘f,’ 25; and Kafayat Waidi ‘f,’ 35.
Others were Serifat Adeleye ‘f’, 35; Bolanle Jaiyeola, ‘f’, 42; Adijat Lukuman ‘f’, 35; Monsurat Oseni ‘f’, 45; Latifat Olaide ‘f’, 40; Morufa Giwa ‘f’ and Rasidat Ganiyu ‘f’, 50.
According to the prosecution, Mojeed Oyelami, Ganiyu Lateef, Moshood Nurudeen and Alfa Hassan Yusuf, on June 11, 2012 at about 1;00 p.m at Ita-Baale Keshinsi in the Ibadan Magisterial District, conspired to commit felony to wit; offences against liberty — slave dealing (2) Deprivation of liberty of the following persons! (1) Tawa Isiaka ‘f,’ (2) Mutiu Hassan, (3) Muibat Balogun ‘f,’ (4) Taoreed Saka, (5), Hassan Ibrahim, (6) Hamidu Rasaki, (7), Aminat Hassan ‘f,’ (8) Kafila Adegoke ‘f,’ (9) Adijat Waheed ‘f,’ and (10) Rashidi Teslim.
Other victims of the alleged crime are (11) Suliyat Jaiyeola ‘f,’ (12) Bilikis Lukuman ‘f,’ (13) Ramota Muili ‘f’ (14) Mujidat Jelili ‘f’, (15) Sodiq Giwa, (16) Momodu Jelili, (17) Abdullahi Balogun, (18) Kehinde Fatai, (19) Sodiq Morufat, (20) Rasaki Jelili, (21) Wasiu Gbadamosi, (22) Akeem Isiaka, (23) Olaniyan Juber, (24) Ismail Taiye and (25) Bolaji Alabi.
The alleged offence, according to the prosecution is contrary to and punishable under Section 516 of the Criminal Code, Cap 38, Vol. II, Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria, 2000.
In the second count, Mojeed Oyelami and three of his suspected accomplices, on the same date, time and place unlawfully imprisoned the above-named persons and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 364(2) of the Criminal Code, Cap 38, Vol. II, Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria, 2000.
They were also accused of unlawfully depriving the victims of their freedom of movement.
In the last count, parents of the victims were said to have unlawfully abandoned their children and exposed them to danger or grievous harm and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 341 of the Criminal Code, Cap 38, Vol. II, Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria, 2000.
The trial Chief Magistrate, Alhaja Fatimo Badrudeen granted bail to the first to fourth accused in the sum of N100,000 and two sureties each, while others were granted bail in the same amount with one surety each.
The case has been adjourned to June 22 2012, for further hearing.