Man, 29, charged with wilful damage of N1.5m generating set
A truck pusher, Adewale Ademusere, who allegedly damaged a N1.5million generating set and threatened to beat the owner, yesterday appeared before an Ebute Meta Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
Ademusere, 29, of no fixed address, is facing a two-count charge of threatening violence and willful damage to property.
The Prosecutor, ASP. Etim Nkankuk, told the court that the offence was committed on May 7, at about 6:30p.m. at Okobaba Sawmill in Ebute-Meta.
He said that the accused and his friends usually stayed under a bridge at Okobaba to rest after their dailydailywork.
The prosecutor alleged that on the fateful day, the accused and one of his friends had a misunderstanding, which resulted in a fight.
He said that during the fight, they fell on the generating set and it got damaged.
Nkankuk told the court that the owner of the property, one Mrs Ruth Ajuwa, was angry with the fighters and that the accused threatened to beat her up.
He said the complainant, subsequently, invited the police to arrest the accused.
The prosecutor said that the alleged offences contravened Sections 56 and 348 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
According to Section 56, anyone convicted of threatening violence is liable to imprisonment for one year while Section 348 prescribes two years imprisonment for a person convicted of willful damage to property.
The accused pleaded not guilty to threatening violence, but guilty to willful damage .
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Y.O Aje-Afunwa, remanded the accused in police custody.
She said that the complainant should be in court on the next date to explore the possibility of settlement with the accused.
According to the news Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Aje-Afunwa adjourned the case to May 20, for mention.