Seven persons have been arraigned before a Magistrate Court in Lokoja, Kogi State, for allegedly beating an employee of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) while on duty.
The seven accused persons are Abiodun Ariya, Joseph Damilola-Ibitoye, Adeoye Femi, Abdulrazak Sadiq, Ibrahim Toba, Mary David, and Hassan Lawal.
The plaintiff (AEDC) charged the accused persons with criminal conspiracy, trespass, mischief, and causing grievous hurt.
But the seven accused persons pleaded not guilty to the allegations.
The prosecuting counsel, Mr G. O. Olowu, told the court that the defendants stormed the Lokoja Area Office of the AEDC on June 9 and attacked Mr Olanrewaju John-Femi over allegations that he stole their electrical cable.
Olowu added that the AEDC staff sustained grievous head injuries during the attack.
He also said that during the attack, the defendants destroyed cell phones, one office desktop computer, two plastic chairs, and some customers’ bills.
The offence, according to Olowu, is punishable under the provisions of sections 97, 348, 327, and 245 of the Penal Code.
In his ruling, the Chief Magistrate, A.M. Mopa, admitted the seven accused to bail in the sum of N100,000 each with one surety each in like sum
He however adjourned the case to July 12th, 2022 for further hearing.
Seven arraigned for beating AEDC staff in Kogi