The police in Lagos State have arraigned Mr. Stanley Wesley, the owner of the vicious dogs that attacked four-year-old boy, Omonigho Abraham, who is currently receiving medical treatment at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.
It would be recalled that Mr. Wesley’s dogs had chased Omonigho and his elder brother, Bobby, while they were taking turns to ride a bicycle in their compound located in Akesan Estate, Igando area of Lagos on October 7, 2014. Neighbours watched helplessly as the dogs grabbed and dragged young Omonigho around the compound, peeling off the top scalp of his head while inflicting grievous bodily injuries on the victim.
Wesley, who was arrested after the incident, was arraigned before a Lagos Senior Magistrates’ Court, Ejigbo, for negligence by allowing his dogs to attack a neighbour.
However, he was granted bail by Magistrate P. E. Nwaka.
His charge sheet reads: “That you, Stanley Wesley, on September 25, 2014, at about 5.40pm at Adegboyega Street, Akesan, in the Lagos Magisterial District did act in a negligent manner, letting loose your dogs which attacked one Omonigho Abraham aged 3 1/2yrs of same address and caused him grievous bodily harm on the head and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 249 (d) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011”.
He pleaded not guilty to the charge and was granted bail in the sum of N300, 000 with two sureties in like sum. The magistrate added that the sureties must have voter cards, national identity cards and present evidence of three years tax payment.
Further hearing on the matter was adjourned till November 3, 2014.
The Lagos Police Command spokesman, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, who confirmed that the accused was granted bail said, “The dogs are being held, but they’re not in detention. The reason for this is to enable the health authorities know if they are rabies-infested dogs which could affect the line of treatment of the victim”.