By Nike Adekunle –
A 45-year-old father of four, Nonso Azu, has landed in Kirikiri Prison in Lagos for peeping at a newly wedded woman while bathing in the bathroom.
Eyeonthenews.com was at an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court, where the ruling took place on Thursday. The court instructed that the accused be kept in Prison pending when his bail conditions would be fulfilled.
The Magistrate, Mrs E. Kubeinje, however said the accused should be bailed in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum after he denied the offence.
She said that the sureties must be gainfully employed and should show evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
Azu, however, could not immediately meet the bail condition and was remanded in prison. The accused, who resides at Agbekola Street, Idi-Oro, Mushin, Lagos, is being tried for breach of peace.
According to the prosecutor, Insp. Essien Ndarake, the accused committed the offence on March 20 at his residence.
He said that the accused was caught peeping at his newly wedded neighbour, who just moved in two days earlier with her husband.
“The accused was secretly looking at the complainant, Mrs Victoria Peter, when she was bathing,”he said.
Ndarake said that the accused was sitting idle at the passage when the complainant passed with a bucket of water to bath.
“The accused sneaked and followed her behind, he went to the back of the bathroom where there is a small hole, stood there and was peeping at her while she bathed,” he said.
The prosecutor further said that when the complainant’s husband was coming to join her in the bathroom, he sighted the accused peeping at his wife.
“The complainant’s husband tapped him from behind and asked him what he was looking at. The accused was begging him not to reveal the secret but the complainant’s husband raised an alarm which attracted the neighbours and he was handed over to the Police,” he said.
According to the prosecutor, the accused made a confessional statement to the Police that he actually peeped at the complainant but did not know it was an offence.
The offence, Ndarake said, contravened section 166 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. Section 166 prescribes a six-month jail term as penalty for breach of peace.
The Magistrate adjourned the case to April 5 for mention.