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Cleric in court for alleged trespass  

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A 41-year-old cleric, James Idoko, on Friday appeared in a Kubwa Magistrates’ Court in Abuja, for allegedly trespassing on a landed property and destroying a fence.

The police charged Idoko, who lives in Byazhin, Abuja, with criminal conspiracy, trespass,  causing mischief, causing disturbance inciting disturbance of public pace and intimidation.

The Prosecutor, ASP Ejike Peters, told the court that the defendant in June criminally and unlawfully entered the property of Mr Okon Akpan of No 89, ijayapi village kubwa, Abuja and intentionally damaged the perimetre fence.

Peters alleged that the defendant acted in a manner that was likely to cause breach of public peace.

He said the defendant threatened to make life miserable for the complainant, if he refused to allow him create access road through his land located at Byazhin village,  Kubwa, Abuja.

He said the offence contravened  the provisions of sections 97, 342, 327, 114 and 397 of the Penal Code.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Magistrate, Muinat  Oyekan admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N200,000 with one reasonable surety each in like sum.

Muinat adjourned the case until Dec. 4, for continuation  of hearing.

edited by Sadiya Hamza

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