For allegedly biting off a neighbour’s nose, a mechanic, Augustine Orivba, was on Monday arraigned in Lagos. He was charged at an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court. Orivba, 40, a resident of no. 3, Osho close, Obokwu St., Ojodu, Lagos, is being arraigned for breach of the peace and assault. The Prosecutor, Insp. George Nwosu told the court that the accused committed the offences on Jan. 12 at his residence.
He said that the accused unlawfully assaulted his neighbour, one Mr Henry Obocha, by biting off his nose. “The accused bit off his neighbour’s nose,” he said. Nwosu said that the accused always came home very late and would be knocking heavily for neighbours to open the door. “The accused used to come back home by 1:00 a.m and will be disturbing his co-tenants by banging the passage door for them to open it.
“That fateful day, he banged the door, but no response from any of his neighbours, “he said. The prosecutor said that the accused damaged the door to gain entrance into the passage that led to his apartment. “When the accused finally entered, he sighted the complainant sleeping in the passage; he went angrily to attack him for not opening the door for him. “In the process of punches between the accused and the neighbour, the accused bit off his nose.” he said.
The offences, Nwosu said, contravened Sections 166 and 171 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. Section 171 prescribes three- year jail term for offenders. The accused pleaded innocence of the offences and was granted bail in the sum of N200, 000 with two sureties in like sum. The Magistrate, Mr A.A Adesanya, adjourned the case to Feb.2 for mention.