By Nike Adekunle –
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 complete right hand over a girlfriend have been arraigned in Lagos.
The accused, all residents of Ewutuntun and Mafoluku area of Oshodi, Lagos, entered a `not- guilty’ plea to the four-count charge of conspiracy, breach of peace, malicious damage and grievous harm.
An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court granted each accused person bail in the sum of N300,000.
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 that one of the sureties of each accused must be a religion leader while the second a blood relatives.
According to the prosecutor, Insp Ezekiel Ayorinde, the accused committed the offences on March 27 at Mafoluku, Lagos.
He said that the accused who were members of an unlawful society, conspired to cause harm and damage to Mr Dayo Oseni.
“The accused, who are members of Eiye confraternity, caused grievous harm to the complainant,” he said.
Ayorinde said that the accused lain ambush for the complainant, who was returning from work.
“The accused hid in an uncompleted building, jumped out when they saw the complainant drove close and blocked him.
“They dragged him out of his car, damaged the front and back windscreen of his Toyota Corolla saloon car thereby rendered the car useless.
“After inflicting several cuts all over his body with cutlasses, sticks, iron rods, broken bottles and other dangerous weapons, they went further to cut off his right hand with a cutlass.
“The victim is presently at the intensive care unit of a Lagos State Teaching Hospital(LASUTH),” he said.
According to Ayorinde, the accused claimed the complainant was dating a girl which one of their members was interested in and he had been warned to leave the girl but refused.
The offences, the prosecutor said, contravened Sections 41, 169, 245, 339 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).
Section 245 prescribes seven-year jail term for grievous harm.
Awope adjourned the case till June 5 for mention.