Man, 28, has appeared in an Oredo Magistrates’ Court, Benin, for allegedly acting in a tumultuous manner as to disturbed the peace of the public
The defendant Okosun Joseph is being tried for conspiracy, malicious damage of property and disturbing the peace of the public (Riot).
The Prosecution Counsel, Inspector David Akhigbe, told the court that the defendant committed the offences on Feb. 3, at Muritala Mohammed Way, Oredo Magisterial District in Benin.
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Akhigbe alleged that Joseph had on the said date, conspired with others in a group at large, led the group of people to riot and did unlawfully and maliciously damaged two Deawoo Buses belonging to Edo City Transport Service.
The prosecutor said the offences contravened the provisions of sections 516, 71, and 451, of the Criminal Code Cap. 48 Vol. 11, Laws of the defunct Bendel State of Nigeria, 1976, now applicable in Edo.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 71 prescribes three years, seven years jail term for conspiracy, while, amaliciously damage of property two year imprisonment.
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Victoria Iyekpen, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N100,000 with one surety in like sum each, adding that the surety must be a blood relation.
Iyekpen then adjourned the case until March 4, for hearing.