Monday, June 5, 2017 11:22 am
A 37-year-old food seller, Dayo Adediran, was on Monday brought before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court for allegedly torturing one Ayoola Usman, a hawker.
The accused, residing at Kanu Street in Ntabo Ijoko in Ogun, however, pleaded not guilty to a charge of assault.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Akeem Raji, told court that the accused committed the offence on May 12 at Oke-Odo Market in Ikeja.
Raji alleged that Adediran assaulted the hawker, beating him to pulp with a plank of wood.
He said that Usman sustained an injury in the head while the accused was beating him.
The prosecutor said that the accused claimed that she bought eggs from the complainant and was supposed to collect N300 change, which Usman failed to give her because he had no change.
Raji alleged that the complainant said he gave the change to the son of the accused the next day but Adediran claimed that she did not get it.
The prosecutor said the accused, who was angry about not getting her N300 change, took a plank of wood and started beating the complainant.
Raji said the complainant reported the case to the police and the accused was arrested for questioning.
The offence contravenes Section 173 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 173 prescribes a three-year jail term for assault occasioning harm.
The Magistrate, Mr T.O. Shomade, in his ruling, granted the accused bail in the sum of N50, 000 with one surety in like sum.
Shomade said that the surety must be gainfully employed and should provide evidence of two-year tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
He adjourned the case until June 19 for further hearing.