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Snake charmer accused of threatening bus passengers with live snakes

21 September 2013, 07:41

Lagos - An Ogudu Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Friday granted bail to a snake charmer, Sunday Ogbaide, accused of threatening passengers and workers of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), with two live snakes.

Ogbaide is facing a two-count charge of setting mantrap and breach of peace.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ogbaide laid flat on the floor, as though sick and refused to make a plea before the court.

 The Chief Magistrate, Omolade Awope, had on Thursday ordered that the accused be remanded in police custody until he was fit to stand before the court.

The prosecutor, Cpl. Adekemi Adeniran, told the court that the accused and others at large committed the offence at BRT depot, Ojota, Lagos.

"The accused and others at large came to the depot with two live snakes which induced fear and endangered passengers,” Adeniran said.

She said that the offences contravened Sections 248 and 166 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 248 provides a five-year imprisonment for anyone found guilty of the offence.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty.

Awope granted the accused N100, 000 as bail with two sureties in like sum.

The case was adjourned till October 2 for trial.


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