A 49-year-old man, Samson Adeneye, and a woman, Oyerinde Olawunmi, 48, have been arraigned before the Surulere Magistrate’s Court, Lagos, for allegedly being in possession of human head.
The two accused were said to be former members of St. Peter Cherubim and Seraphim band at Moses Adebisi Street, Ketu.
The head was said to have been recovered from the ceiling of the church and traced to the duo, who had allegedly been sending threat text messages to some pastors of the church.
The police said there were fingerprints evidence against the accused.
The charge sheet, read in part, “That you, Samson Jolu Adeneye, ‘m’, Oyerinde Olawunmi, ‘f’and others now at large on the 19th day of January, 2013, at about 1530hrs at St Peter Cherubim and Seraphim band at No. 8 Moses Adebisi Street, Alapere Street, Alapere Ketu, Lagos within the Lagos Magisterial district did conspire amongst yourselves to commit felony to wit: unlawful possession of human skull and thereby committed an offence contrary and punishable under section 409 criminal laws of Lagos State 2011”
However, only Adeneye was in court on Friday, as the magistrate, Mrs. A.O Adedayo, obliged that the second accused be arraigned on Monday.
The prosecution counsel, Mr. A.A Animashaun, moved the motion that the defendant be remanded in prison custody pending the advice from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
The allegation and application were read to the defendant, but his plea was not taken.
The defence counsel, A.D Abass, however objected to the application, insisting that Adeneye was not found with human head as the charge stated.
Abass said, “My, Lord, the prosecution is out to mislead this honourable court as no human head was found with the accused.”
Adedayo, however, said, “If you have any evidence, you should submit it before this court. And I am yet to see that.”
The magistrate said she would give the defence counsel time to properly file his application. The accused was remanded, pending when the matter would be reopened on July 17.