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In Lagos Man in court for allegedly stabbing friend over unpaid debt

Kazeem in Lagos, pleaded not guilty to the charge of assault levelled against him.

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A 24-year-old man, Alamayo Kazeem, who allegedly stabbed his friend with a broken bottle, was on Wednesday brought before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court.

Kazeem, a resident of Adeje Street, Off Moricas, Agege, in Lagos, pleaded not guilty to the charge of assault levelled against him.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Eruada Victor, told the court that the accused assaulted one Mr Muhammed Rabiu on Jan. 24, at Moricas Street, Dopemu, Agege, in Lagos.

Victor said that the incident happened after the complainant gave the accused a loan and requested for repayment.

According to the prosecutor, the accused shouted at Rabiu and asked him why he should ask for the money with the economic situation in Nigeria.

He said that an argument followed and the accused used a broken bottle to stab the complainant, injuring him on the neck.

The prosecutor said that the case was subsequently reported to the police and the accused was apprehended.

He said that the offence contravened Section 171 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 171 prescribes a three-year jail term for assault and harm.

Following the plea of the accused, Magistrate G.O. Anifowoshe granted him bail in the sum of N20,000, with two sureties in like sum.

Anifowoshe said that the sureties must be gainfully employed and must show evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

The magistrate adjourned the case till Feb. 13, 2017 for mention. 

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