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Trader docked for allegedly challenging clergy to a duel

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A 40-year-old trader, Chijioke Onyishi, who allegedly challenged a clergy to a duel on Wednesday appeared in a Yaba Chief magistrates’ court in Lagos.

Onyishi, who resides at No. 13, Duru close, Shomolu area of Lagos, is charged with two counts of challenge to fight a duel and breach of peace.

The Prosecutor, Sgt Modupe Olaluwoye, alleged that the defendant committed the offence on Jan. 29, at 7 a.m. at No. 13, Duru close, Shomolu.

Olaluwoye said that the defendant engaged the clergy in an argument over the dirty surrounding in their house.

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She told the court that during the course of the argument, Onyishi challenged the complainant, Mr Paul Nwachukwu to a duel.

“My Lord, the defendant challenged the pastor to a duel, so that he will prove to the pastor that he is a man.

“He also brought two men into the compound to enforce the rules of the duel and act as referees,” she said, adding that the pastor’s wife called the attention of the police before he was held down and arrested,” she said.

The offence, contravened the provisions of sections 55 and 168(1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015. (Revised)

Section 55 stipulates a year jail term for the offence of challenging someone to a duel.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Oluwatoyin Oghere, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum.

She ordered that the sureties must be gainfully employed with evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

She adjourned the case until May 8 for mention. (NAN)

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