BY ONOZURE DANIA
LAGOS— A 42 year-old businessman, Innocent Inyama, has been arraigned before a Lagos Magistrate’s Court, sitting at Ikeja, for allegedly chopping off the lower lip of one Pauline Olisamah.
The defendant, who resides at 2, Tunde Buncknor Close, Valley View Estate Cement Bus Stop area of the state, is facing a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy, grievous harm and deformity, preferred against him by the police.
The police prosecutor, Sergeant Chinalu Uwadione, told the court that the defendant and others still at large, conspired to commit the alleged offence.
He said that the incident happened on December 1, 2013, at the defendant’s residence.
Uwadione said Inyama unlawfully inflicted wound on the victim, which caused grievous and bodily harm.
He said that the defendant chopped off the lower lip of Pauline Olisamah with his teeth, which had inflicted a serious wound and deformity on her.
According to the prosecutor, the offence committed is contrary to Section 409 and punishable under Section 243 and 244 (a) of the criminal laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges against him and Magistrate O. A. Akinde, granted him bail in the sum of N500,000, with one surety in like sum.
She also ordered that the defendant deposit N150,000 into the court registrar’s account.
She adjourned the matter to April 28 for mention.