Two men were on Thursday, arraigned before an Ogudu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos, for allegedly assaulting a worker of the Ikeja Electric Distribution Company (IKEDC), for disconnecting their electricity supply.
Olalekan Faguntade, 37 and Ayodeji Ayeni, 40, both male, appeared before before Magistrate Bukola Mogaji on a three-count charge of conspiracy, assault and criminal damage.
The defendants, who reside at No. 6, Ifesowapo Street, in the Ogudu area of state, however, pleaded “not guilty.”
Mogaji granted them bail in the sum of N50, 000 to each of the defendants, with one surety each.
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The magistrate noted that the sureties should be gainfully employed, and show evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
She adjourned the case until August 23 for mention.
Earlier, the Prosecutor, Inspector Donjour Perezi, said that the defendants committed the offence on July 21 at their residence.
Perezi said that they and others now at large, conspired to assault one Oluwafemi Balogun, an official of IKEDC, while he was performing his duty.
The prosecutor said that the complainant was carrying out a disconnection order on the customers, who defaulted in the payment of their bills when the defendants attacked him.
“The complainant disconnected the power supply to the defendants’ residence over huge debts.
“They dragged him down from the ladder and descended on him with several blows which caused some injuries to his body.
“They also damaged the fiber made ladder valued at N100, 000.
“The case was reported and the defendants were arrested,” the prosecutor said.
According to him, the offence contravened Sections 171, 339(1) and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
Section 171 stipulates one year imprisonment for assault, while Section 411 prescribes two years for conspiracy.