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Herbalist Arraigned For Allegedly Macheting Cousin For Stepping On His Mat.

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A 46-year-old native doctor, Surajudeen Adeniji, charged with macheting his cousin during an argument, was on Friday granted reprieve by a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court, Lagos.

The accused, who is facing a two-count charge of conduct likely to cause a breach of peace and inflicting injury.He, however, denied the charges.

Police Insp. Ben Ekundayo, the prosecutor, told the court that the accused committed the offences on March 24 at No. 11, Oduntafa Street, Lagos Island.

He said the accused had built a shrine at the entrance of the only toilet and bathroom in the compound of their family house and during a visit to the toilet
he had a brush with the herbalist.

Ekundayo said: “While the accused’s cousin, Kudus Olawale, was in a hurry to go into the toilet to ease himself, he mistakenly stepped on the mat the accused placed on the floor for his customers.

“An argument ensued and the accused brought out a machete and injured him with it.”

The offences contravened Sections 166 and 245 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 245 stipulates three years imprisonment for offenders.

In her ruling, Magistrate Olumide Fusika granted the accused N50,000 bail with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case until May 31 for hearing.

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