A Muslim cleric, Mohammed Yusuf, and his daughter, Salamat, 18, were on Tuesday docked before a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, for allegedly distributing poisoned bean cakes, known as “akara”, to beggars.
The cleric, 50, and his daughter, who are facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and attempted murder, were alleged to have inserted needles in the local snack before giving them to beggars.
The Prosecuting State Counsel, Barr. Ben Ekundayo, told the court that the defendants committed the offences on Aug. 5 at about 2 p.m. at Offin Street, Balogun, Lagos Island.
He alleged that the man and his daughter carried out the act with intent to endanger the lives of the beggars.
“The Muslim cleric sent his daughter to give the beggars, near the mosque, the bean-cakes, but when one of them (the beggars) opened the bean-cake, he found needles in the middle.
“Other beggars were notified; one of them, who know the daughter and the school where she teaches, led them there and she was apprehended.
“She also led them to her father”, Ekundayo said.
Ekundayo said that the offences contravened Sections 228 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Magistrate, Mr Ade Adefulire, admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N500, 000, with two sureties each in like sum.
He said that sureties must be blood relations and account owners with a deposit of N100, 000 in their bank accounts.
Adefulire adjourned the case to Sept. 29.