Police Arrests Six Suspects For Pirating Toyin Abraham’s Movie, Malaika

The police yesterday arraigned six persons before an Igbosere Chiefs Magistrate’s Court, Lagos, for allegedly pirating a film titled Malaika produced by Toyin Abraham.

The defendants, Kehinde Oseni; Adekunle Segun; Adebiyi Sodiq; Oseni S. Akano, Mrs Agboola Motunrayo and Mrs. Adebiyi Suliat were brought be fore Chief Magistrate E. O. Ogunkanmi by police lawyers from the Force Criminal Investigation Department (ForceCID) Annex Alagbon-Ikoyi Lagos.

They were charged with conspiracy, attempts to pervert justice and intellectual property theft.

The prosecutor, Morufu Animashaun, told the court that they all conspired and committed the alleged illegal acts this January at Apapa.

Animashaun further told the th him, in a bid to avoid being arrested.

Animashaun told the court that the defendants’ actions were in contravention of sections 411, 972, 415 and 87 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015, and punishable under the saw laws.

All the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Following their not guilty plea, Animashaun urged the court to remand them in the Correctional Center till the determination of the charge.

But their lawyer, Ganiyu Oyarevuegbe, made an oral application for their bail in the most liberal terms.

Ruling on their applications, Chief Magistrate Ogunkanmi admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N5million each with two responsible sureties in the like sum.

The Chief Magistrate ordered that one of the sureties must be a civil servant but not from the Ministry of Education.

The court also ordered that the other surety must be a relation to the defendants.

The Chief Magistrate also ordered that the sureties must have two year tax payments.

He adjourned the matter till February 23, for mention while ordering that all the defendants be taken to the NCoS’ custody pending the perfection of their bail.

Culled from Gistmania