A 69-year-old woman, Munirat Alao, and her son, Yusuf, were on Wednesday brought before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court for allegedly damaging a fence, valued at N81, 000.
The accused, who both reside at No. 3 Gbenga Alamu St., Ajasa Command in Alimosho, near Lagos, are facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and wilful damage.
The prosecution alleged that the accused conspired and damaged a fence of thirty blocks, property of one Akeem Oloyede.
Police Sgt. Michael Unah told the court that the accused committed the offences on Aug. 3 at 11.00 p.m. at Ajasa Command.
Unah said the duo, who also allegedly stole 30 pieces of blocks, had been committing the offence since 2017.
He said the accused wanted the complainant to use where the fence was built as a pathway but he refused.
“The complainant rebuilt the fence each time and the accused always damaged it,” the prosecutor said.
The duo, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr A. A. Fashola, granted the accused bail in the sum of N50, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
Fashola said the sureties must be gainfully employed with evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government and should have their addresses verified by the court.
He said the sureties must also reside within the court’s jurisdiction.
The offences contravened Sections 350 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 350 prescribes two years for willful damage while 411 provides two years for conspiracy.
The magistrate adjourned the case until Sept. 3 for mention.