Two men on Monday, February 24 appeared in an Oredo private property protection court, Benin for allegedly damaging 56 Palm trees valued N5.6Million.
The defendants, Lucky Imasuen, 39, and Uwaila Uwadiae, 38, are being tried on seven count charge bordering on conspiracy, malicious damage of property and disturbing the peace of the public.
The prosecutor, ASP Osayomwanbor Omoruyi, told the court that the defendants willfully and unlawfully damaged 56 palm trees valued N5.6M.
He further alleged that the defendants entered into a land in the actual and peaceable possession of the complainant, and occupy same illegally till date without lawful excuse.
He said the perimeter fence damaged valued N560,000.
Omoruyi told the court that the
defendants sometimes in the Month of December, 2019 committed the offences at Ogua Community, along Benin/Lagos Express Road in Ekiadolor magisterial district.
The prosecutor said the offences contravened Sections 516, 517, and 451 of the Criminal Code of the defunct Bendel State of Nigeria, 1976, now applicable in Edo State.
He noted that others offences committed by the defendants contravened section 2(1) (2), 4(1)(3)(a)(4) and punishable under section 2(3) and 4(5) of the Edo private properties protection Law 2017.
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Patricia Igho-Braimoh, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N250,000 with one surety each in like sum.
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She added that the surety must be a civil servant of any level, residence within jurisdiction.
The Chief Magistrate adjourned the case to March for hearing.