Six men arraigned before court for chopping off fingers of another man

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Six persons -Semiu Noah, 22; Segun Fatoke, 19; Hammed Taiwo, 18; Adedayo Shittu, 20; Sodiq Gbadamosi,18; and Raphael Akinshika,18 –accused of chopping  off a man’s three fingers were on Thursday arraigned in Lagos.

The accused, all residents of Ewutuntun and Mafoluku, Oshodi, Lagos, entered a `not guilty’ plea to the four charges of conspiracy, breach of peace, malicious damage and grievous harm.

An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court granted  each accused person bail in the sum of   N200,000.

The court also asked the accused persons to produce two sureties each as part of the bail conditions.

The Magistrate, Mrs. O.J. Awope, said the sureties must be gainfully employed and should show evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

According to the prosecutor, Insp  Ezekiel Ayorinde, the accused committed the offenses on March 27 at Mafoluku, Lagos.

He said that the accused and others still at large, who were members of an unlawful society, conspired to cause harm and damage to innocent residents.

“The accused, who are members of Eiye confraternity, unlawfully conducted and presided over a meeting of the unlawful association in a bush.

“They caused grievous harm to one Mr. Jamiu Saka by chopping off with a  cutlass three right fingers.

“ The victim is presently in the intensive care unit of a teaching hospital.

“The accused also inflicted several cuts all over the body of another man, Mr. Lukmon Adedeji.

“They damaged the front and back windscreen of a Toyota Corolla saloon car, the property of Mr. Felix Onwuegbuchalam, and several other cars, parked on the road,” he said.

Ayorinde said the accused publicly brandished different weapons such as cutlasses, sticks, iron rods, broken bottles, and other dangerous weapons.

“The accused used dangerous weapons to terrorise and harass innocent citizens of the area,” he said.

The offence, he said,  contravened Sections 41, 169, 245, 339 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 245 prescribes seven-year jail term for grievous harm.

Awope adjourned the case till  June 5  for a mention.

(NAN)

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