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Man, 60, in court for alleged malicious damage of church building

10 October 2013, 17:57

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 peace.

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.


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