Police arraign man for damaging Ifesinachi transport bus

Apapa Magistrates’ Court. PHOTO CREDIT: SHIPS & PORTS archive.

A 29-year-old man, identified as Chukwudi Nweke, was on Thursday arraigned before an Apapa Magistrates’ Court for allegedly damaging one luxury bus belonging to Ifesinachi Transport Company. 

Nweke is facing a two-count charge bordering on breach of peace and unlawful damage. 

The prosecutor, Inspector Edet Ekpo, told the court that the defendant committed the offences on December 29, 2018 at about 9:30pm at Ifesinachi Motor-Park, Maza-Maza, Lagos. 

“The defendant conducted himself in a manner likely to cause breach of peace by pulling out a machete in a motor park and preventing the passengers inside a luxury bus with registration number XM984ENU from embarking on their journey,” Ekpo said. 

The prosecutor also said that the defendant unlawfully and willfully damaged the side glasses and the windscreen of the luxury bus with a machete, property of Ifesinachi Transport Company. Value of items damaged equal to N140,000.

According to him, the offences are punishable under sections 168(d) and 350 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria 2015.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against him. 

In his ruling, Magistrate Nurudeen Layeni granted the defendant bail in the sum of N150,000 with two responsible sureties in like sum. 

The sureties, according to the Magistrate, must be gainfully employed and furnish the court with evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government. 

He adjourned the case till January 28, 2019 for mention.