Man Arraigned For Allegedly Cutting Neighbour’s Hand Over Cigarette

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A 23-year-old man, Joachim Kikogble, has been arraigned for assault before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court after he allegedly cut his neighbour’s hand with razor for refusing to buy him Cigarette.

He, however, pleaded “not guilty” to the one-count charge preferred against him.

The Prosecutor, Sgt. Modupe Olaluwoye, submitted that Kikogble, who resides in Yaba, cut the hand of one Solomon Mifokpo because the latter refused to buy a packet of cigarette for him.

Olaluwoye told the court that the defendant committed the offence at on March 11, on Oko-Agbon Street, Yaba.

The prosecutor said the defendant  stopped Mifokpo on the street and asked him to buy the packet of cigarette.

“My lord, when the complainant refused to buy the cigarette, it resulted in an argument and then a fight.

“The defendant brought out a razor from his pocket and cut the complainant on his right hand.

“The complainant had to be rushed to a pharmacy to get treated,” she said.

According to the prosecutor, the defendant had, had a misunderstanding with the complainant.

Assault contravenes Section 173 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised), and is punishable with three years’ jail term.

The Chief Magistrate, Oluwatoyin Oghere, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum.

She ordered that one of the sureties must be the defendant’s blood relation, adding that the two sureties must be gainfully employed and possess  evidence of three years’ tax payment to the state government.

She adjourned until June 26 for mention.

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