LAGOS – A man and a woman were on Friday docked at an Ogudu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly damaging the property of one Alhaji Rasak Adesanya valued at N103,000.
The defendants, Tunde Ogundele, 39, and Blessing Erutere, 40; both of No 1, Martins St., Mile 12 in Lagos State, are facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, wilful damage to property and threatening violence.
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The prosecutor, Sgt. Lucky Ihiehie, told the court that the defendants and five others now at large committed the offences on March 7, at their residence.
He said that the complainant, Adesanya, of No. 1, Adesanya St., Ikosi-Ketu, Lagos State, reported the matter at the Mile 12 Police Post on March 16.
Ihiehie said that the complainant reported that on March 7, he erected a perimeter fence around his land at No. 1, Martins St., Mile 12.
The prosecutor said that the complainant, however, got to his land the next day to discover that the defendants had demolished the fence, valued at N103 000.
Ihiehie told the court that the defendants, including those still at large, went to the land with the intent to harm the complainant.
He said that they wilfully and unlawfully destroyed the complainant’s fence using iron rods and cutlasses.
The prosecutor said that the defendants alleged that the complainant had trespassed into their own land.
He said that the offences contravened Sections 410, 348 and 56(2) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that according to Section 56 (2), an offender could bag as much as three years imprisonment.
However, the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The magistrate, Mrs O. J. Awope, granted bail to the defendants in the sum of N100,000 each and two sureties each.
Awope adjourned the case till May 20, for further hearing (NAN)