A High Court in Ado-Ekiti has on Wednesday sentenced two students of Ekiti State University (EKSU)- Akintunde Olumide and Oladapo Olaoluwa, to 3 years prosecution each for belonging to secret cults.
Justice Mosun Abodunde, in her judgment held that the prosecution established a case of secret cultism against the two convicts beyond reasonable doubt.
The judge said that the police found in their custody, a small cutlass, black head warmer band, black T. shirt, and black trousers during investigation.
The judge held that the short cutlass was not the type used for agriculture or weeding grass.
“It is not a tool for education, it is a weapon of danger and incriminating, and should not be seen within the school premises,’’ she added.
Justice Abodunde said the exhibits recovered from the convicts made the case weighty.
She found the accused guilty as charged and sentenced them to three years imprisonment each, without an option of fine.
The judge said the sentence would serve as deterrent to other students in higher institutions, to always face their studies and shun secret cult activities.
Mr Femi Falade, the prosecutor had told the court that the accused committed the offence on July 13, 2013 at a hotel in Iworoko -Ekiti.
He said the accused were arraigned on a three -count-charge of stealing, assault and secret cult.
According to him, the offences are punishable under Section 355, 4(1) of Criminal Code Laws of Ekiti State 2012 and Secret Cults (Abolition and Prohibition).
The prosecution called four witnesses to prove his case, while the defendants counsel, Mr Emmanuel Oluwole called three witnesses. (NAN)