The police on Tuesday arraigned an Indian, Jay Keswani, for allegedly assaulting his maid, Faith Nwaneri and wounding her on the left eye.
The defendant was arraigned before Mrs. B. O. Osunsanmi of an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court, Lagos.
In a one-count charge marked MLK/B/214/2016, the police accused Keswani, 62, of “unlawfully assaulting Nwaneri by hitting her face with a bag containing tools and inflicting injury on her left eye.”
Prosecuting Inspector Simeon Imhonwa said Keswani was the managing director of Ethylene Products and Lubricants Limited, Isolo, Lagos.
He said the incident occurred on August 12, on the 19th floor of Block 4, Flat 18, Bille Vista, Banana Island, Ikoyi, Lagos.
Keswani pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Defence counsel, Chima Nnaji, told the court that the defendant had lived in Nigeria for over 40 years and his children were all born in Nigeria.
He said Keswani had substantial investment in Nigeria with over 500 employees.
Nnaji urged the court to grant his client bail on liberal terms because he was “a responsible person who will not jump bail.”
Magistrate Osunsanmi granted him bail in the sum of N100,000 and two sureties in like sum.
She adjourned the matter till December 15.