A 67-year-old Jeremiah Obrifor, on Friday appeared before an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, for allegedly chopping off the right hand of a 11-year-old boy .
Obrifor is facing a four-count charge bordering on attempted murder, grievous harm and unlawful assault, to which he pleaded not guilty.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Chinalu Uwadione, told the court that the defendant committed the offences on June 7, at 8.40 p.m., at No. 14, Issa Ibrahim St., Okokomaiko.
Uwadione alleged that the defendant used a cutlass to chop off the right hand of the boy, who he suspected to have entered his compound to steal his fish.
The offences contravene Sections 173, 230, 245 and 246 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs A.O. Komolafe, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N1 million with two sureties in like sum.
Komolafe said the sureties should be gainfully employed and must be blood relations of the defendant.
She said the sureties should show evidence of three years tax payments to the Lagos State Government.
The case was adjourned until July 31.