Lagos - A 60-year-old man, Fatai Olaiya, on
Thursday appeared before a Shomolu Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, for
alleged malicious damage of a church building.
Olaiya, who resides at No. 16, Oluwafere Street, Bariga, was
arraigned on a two-count charge of malicious damage and breach of public
The Prosecutor, ASP Akinlabi Adegoke, told the court that Olaiya, on
Sept. 13, mobilised eight unidentified men who vandalised "The Pillar
of God Church, at No. 2, Mabinuori Street, Bariga.
"They employed various equipment and broke down the walls, smashed
the windows and then, proceeded to vandalise all the musical instruments
belonging to the church, valued at N2.9 million," Adegoke said.
Adegoke said the accused claimed his action was based on the request
of an individual, who had purchased the land on which the church was
built but had difficulties in taking possession.
He said the offences contravened Sections 166, 338 and 409 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Lagos State, 2011.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge.
In her ruling, the Magistrate, Bola Osunsanmi, granted bail to
the accused in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.
She adjourned the case to Oct. 30, for mention.