Man ac­cused of bathing sis­ter’s friend with acid

Daily Trust - - CRIME - By Ka­mardeen A. Is­mail

A26-year-old man has been ar­raigned be­fore a mag­is­trate’s court sit­ting in Wuse Zone 2 for al­legedly bathing his sis­ter’s friend with acid.

The ac­cused, iden­ti­fied as Dan­ladi Em­manuel, was said to have com­mit­ted an of­fence con­tra­ven­ing Sec­tion 284(2) of the Pe­nal Code.

The pros­e­cu­tor, Bar­ris­ter Dabo Yakubu, told the court that on May 29, the ac­cused went to the res­i­dence of the nom­i­nal com­plainant iden­ti­fied as Jemila Yusuf on the pre­text of de­liv­er­ing a good­will mes­sage to her from his sis­ter.

“He knocked at her door, telling her that he had a mes­sage for her. When the com­plainant opened the door, the ac­cused poured acid on her body and told her that he was sent by his sis­ter and there­after es­caped from the scene to an un­known des­ti­na­tion,” the pros­e­cu­tor said.

The vic­tim is now re­ceiv­ing treat­ment as a re­sult of the in­juries she sus­tained, the pros­e­cu­tor added.

Dur­ing po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the com­plainant main­tained that she was con­vinced be­yond doubt that it was the ac­cused per­son that per­pe­trated the act be­cause she could rec­og­nize his voice.

When the charges were read to the ac­cused, he pleaded not guilty. The pros­e­cu­tor asked for an ad­journ­ment to en­able him gather all the facts needed for the trial since the ac­cused per­son had pleaded not guilty.

Chief Mag­is­trate Ahmed Us­man Shaibu granted the ac­cused bail in the sum of N2 mil­lion and a surety, who must be a civil ser­vant not be­low grade level 13 and must be res­i­dent within the court’s ju­ris­dic­tion.

The case was ad­journed to Au­gust 18, for hear­ing.

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