A 38-year-old man, Kelvin Simon, on Thursday appeared at a Karmo Grade 1 Area Court in Abuja for allegedly assaulting a staff of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) over light disconnection.
Simon of Angwn Shehu Karmo, Abuja, however, pleaded not guilty to a one-count charge of assault leveled against him.
The Police Prosecutor, Mrs Ijeoma Ukagha, told the court that the matter was reported by one Murtala mohammed of AEDC at Karmo Police Station Abuja on Sept. 25.
Ukagha said that the defendant intentionally refused to pay his electricity bill and the complainant disconnected his light.
She said the defendant insisted that the complaint must reconnect his electricity and this led to the gathering of a crowd.
The prosecutor also alleged that Simon and the crowd assaulted the complainant by slapping him several times on his face and forcefully beat him up without any provocation.
Ukagha said the offence contravened Section 267 of the Penal Code.
The Judge, Alhaji Inuwa Maiwada, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N30, 000 with one surety in like sum.
Maiwada said that the surety must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and address must be verified by the prosecutor.
He also ordered that the surety must present his appointment letter, utility bill and passport-size photographs to the court’s registrar.
He adjourned the case until Oct. 16 for substantive hearing. (NAN)
Edited by Abiemwense Moru/Tajudeen Atitebi
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