Lagos – Three men on Tuesday appeared in an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, for allegedly damaging a signboard and causing breach of peace.
The accused persons, Suleimon Ibrahim, 46; Musiliu Lawal, 51; and Adesope Lawal, 57; were each arraigned on a three-count charge of conspiracy, breach of peace and malicious damage.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Chinalu Uwadione, said that the accused persons had conflict with the complainant’s family over a piece of land.
Uwadione said that they went into the land and defaced a signboard put in the land by the Oloto of Ottoland.
Uwadione said that because of the tussle over the ownership of the land situated at Ebute Meta, the traditional ruler had instructed that a signpost should be erected on it.
He said that the signpost invited both parties to the palace of the traditional ruler for an amicable settlement of the dispute.
“The accused expressed their displeasure and instead went to the land and defaced the signboard erasing all information on it,’’ Uwadione said.
He said that the offences were committed on Jan. 18, at 3 p.m., at No.38, Market Street, Ebute Meta.
The prosecutor noted that the offences contravened Sections 56(d), 339 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011.
The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs O.I. Adelaja, granted them bail in the sum of N100,000 each with one surety each in like sum.
Adelaja said that the surety must provide affidavit of means and tax payment.
She then adjourned the case till Feb. 2, for mention. (NAN)