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Court slams tenant N20,000 bail for allegedly punching off landlord teeth

An Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court on Thursday slammed a N20,000 bail on a tenant, Emmanuel Nwachukwu, who allegedly punched his landlord in the mouth and broke his front teeth during an argument.

Magistrate M. I. Dan-Oni, in a ruling, ordered the 32-year-old to produce one surety in like sum.

Dan-Oni also ordered that the surety must be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

The magistrate adjourned the case until March 25 for mention.

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Nwachukwu, who resides at No. 9, Tutuola St., Oke-odo, Lagos State, is charged with conspiracy and assault.

He, however, denied committing the offence.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Insp. Victor Eruada, told the court that the defendant punched Mr. Sanusi Ishola in the mouth and broke his incisor during an argument.

He alleged that Nwachukwu committed the offence on February 24, at 9 a.m. at their residence.

The offence, he said contravened the provisions of sections 173 and 411 of the revised Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Section 173 stipulates a three-year jail term for the offence. (NAN)