Two men, Timothy Joshua, 27, and Wasiu Adetokun, 32, on Monday appeared before an Ogudu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos, charged with assault, breach of public peace and wilful damage.
The duo, whose addresses were not provided, are facing a four-count charge of conspiracy, assault, breach of public peace and wilful damage.
They, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Lucky Ihiehie, told the court that the defendants committed the offences on June 10, at the Ketu-Alapere area of Lagos.
He said that the defendants and others at large conspired to assault one Akinremi Olateju, Babatunde Wahab and Hammed Adekoya at their different bakeries and engaged in a public behaviour which was disturbing and violent.
Ihiehie alleged that the duo and others still at large, had gone to the complainants’ different bakeries at Taiwo Street, Ojota, Emmanuel Street, Ojota, and Kujore Street, Ojota, respectively, to destroy them.
“The duo and their cohorts, violently attacked the complainants workers and also destroyed lots of baked bread and 80 bags of flour worth N1,696, 000 belonging to the complainants cumulatively,’’ the prosecutor said.
The offences contravened Sections 168 (d), 171, 350 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
Section 411 stipulates two years imprisonment for convicted offenders.
The Magistrate, Mrs E. Kubeinje, admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N100, 000 with two sureties each in like sum.
She ordered that one of the sureties must be a relative of the accused persons.
Further hearing on the case has been fixed for Aug. 27.