8 February 2013

Nigeria: Ward Chairmanship Aspirant Docked Over Alleged Threat to Opponent

A People Democratic Party chairmanship aspirant for a ward in Oshodi-Isolo Local Government Area, who allegedly threatened the life of an opponent, was on Friday charged before an Oshodi Magistrates' Court, Lagos.

Morufu Kareem, 38, who resides at No. 22, Ajibulu St., Mafoluku- Oshodi, is facing a charge of threat to life.

The prosecutor, Cpl. Kehinde Olatunde, told the court that the accused committed the offence on Feb.3 at his residence.

He said the accused threatened the life of Mrs Grace Adegbagbe, his rival for the chairmanship position of the ward, through a phone call and several text messages.

The prosecutor said that the threat was to the effect that if she failed to step down, some evil would befall her.

"The accused called the complainant around 2:00 a.m. on Feb. 3, threatening her life over the post given to her by the party.

"That if she refused to step down, then she will bear the consequence of anything that will befall her," the prosecutor said.

Olatunde said that when the complainant refused to pick his subsequent calls, the accused sent a text message to her phone.

The prosecutor said that the text message, which was presented to the court as evidence, was discovered to have been sent from the phone of the accused.

He explained that Adegbagbe had recently been elected as the ward chairman of the (PDP) in Oshodi district and this had infuriated the accused.

Olatunde said that the offence committed contravened Sections 166 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Lagos State, 2011.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him.

The magistrate, Mr Akeem Fashola, granted the accused bail in the sum of N100,000 with one surety in like sum.

Fashola added that the surety must provide evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government in the last three years and adjourned the case to March 13.


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