Neigh­bours jailed for bit­ing off woman’s lip

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Emma Elekwa

An Abuja Grade 1 Area Court has sen­tenced two per­sons to four months’ im­pris­on­ment each for bit­ing off the lip of their fe­male neigh­bour in Dut­sen Makaranta, in Bwari Area Coun­cil of the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT).

Nkemdili Em­manuel and Nd­ifer­eke Okon of Dut­sen Makaranta were con­victed for crim­i­nal con­spir­acy and caus­ing griev­ous hurt, of­fences con­trary to sec­tions 97 and 247 of the pe­nal code.

The po­lice pros­e­cu­tor, Baba­jide Ola­nipekun told the court that the com­plainant, on Oc­to­ber 17, re­ported at the Dutse po­lice sta­tion that the ac­cused, on same date, con­spired and as­saulted her af­ter she threw dirty wa­ter into a plas­tic con­tainer be­long­ing to the land­lord.

He said one of the ac­cused, Nkemdili Em­manuel, in the process, bit off her lower lip, thereby caus­ing her per­ma­nent dis­abil­ity.

When the charges were read to the ac­cused, they pleaded guilty, and were sen­tenced to four months’ im­pris­on­ment each by the judge, Mo­hammed Marafa, with an op­tion of N10,000 fine.

The court also or­dered them to pay a com­pen­sa­tion of N66,000 to the vic­tim.

Sim­i­larly, a 28-year-old brick­layer was ar­raigned be­fore the court for in­flict­ing in­jury on a com­mer­cial taxi driver in the same area.

Yunusa Omaita of Mpape, Abuja, was charged with joint act, crim­i­nal force and as­sault, caus­ing hurt and theft, of­fences con­trary to the pe­nal code.

The po­lice pros­e­cu­tor, Baba­jide Ola­nipekun, told the court that one Sa­muel Arisite of same ad­dress, re­ported at the Dut­sen Al­haji po­lice sta­tion, how the ac­cused and one Musa sur­name yet un­known, boarded his taxi while he was load­ing pas­sen­gers at first gate to Mpape.

He said when he wanted to move, he was dis­al­lowed and when he de­manded to know why, they de­scended on him and beat him up.

Ac­cord­ing to the pros­e­cu­tor, the com­plaint sus­tained in­juries all over his body in the process, adding that they also stole N25,000 from him.

When the charge was read to the ac­cused, they pleaded not guilty and were granted bail by the judge, Mo­hammed Marafa.

The case was ad­journed to Oc­to­ber 27 for hear­ing.

Photo: Onyekachukwu Obi

Of­fi­cials of Royal Mills and Foods Lim­ited do­nate pack­ets of noo­dles to IDPs at Du­rumi camp, Area 1, Abuja re­cently.

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