A 50 year old Muslim cleric, Mohammed Yusuf and his daughter, Salamat, (18-yr) were on Tuesday arraigned before a Tinubu Magistrate’s Court for murder.
They were alleged to have inserted needles in the bean-cakes they distributed to beggars.
The father and daughter are facing a two-count charge bordering on conspiracy and attempted murder, preferred against them by the police.
The prosecutor, Ben Ekundayo told the court that the defendants committed the alleged offences on August 5 at about 2:00p.m at Offin Street, Balogun area of Lagos Island.
He alleged that the defendants gave bean-cakes with needles inserted in them to beggars with the intent to endanger their lives.
He told the court that “the Muslim cleric sent his daughter to give the beggars bean-cakes near the mosque. However, when one of them (the beggars) cut it he found needles in the middle.
“Other beggars were notified, one of them who knows the daughter and the school where she teaches, led them there and she was apprehended. She, also led them to her father,” Ekundayo stated.
According to the prosecutor, the offences committed is punishable under Sections 409 and 228 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
However, the Cleric and his daughter pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.
Consequently, the Magistrate, Mr. Ade Adefulire admitted the defendants to N500,000 bail each with two sureties each in like sum.
He said that the sureties must be blood relations and account owners with a deposit of N100,000 in their bank accounts.
He then adjourned the case to September 29, for mention.