Dog Lands Man In Trouble
A businessman resident at Chika Village, Abuja was on Wednesday arraigned before a Kabusa Grade I Area Court, Abuja by the police.
The man, identified as Ikwuegbu Fitzgerald was accused of negligently handling his dog which resulted in the injury of his neighbour. He was arraigned on two counts of negligent conduct and causing grievous hurt.
The Prosecution Counsel, Mahmud Lawal, told the court that the offence was committed on June 17.
According to Lawal, Mrs Mercy Jeremiah who lives in the same compound with Ikwuegbu, reported the matter at the Galadimawa Police station.
He said the complainant reported that the defendant’s dog attacked and bit her on her hand, right leg and other parts of her body and that she spent N62,000 to treat herself after the attack.
He further told the court that Ikwuegbu was accused of been fond of leaving his dog uncaged in the compound despite numerous pleas to either cage or chain the dog.
Lawal said the offence contravened the provisions of Sections 196 and 253 of the Penal Code law.
Ikwuegbu pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to him.
The presiding Judge, Aliyu Kagarko, thereafter granted him bail in the sum of N100,000 each with one surety in like sum and ordered that the surety must be at least a Grade Level 10 Officer in the Federal Civil Service.
The judge added that the surety must deposit an affidavit of means to the registry and valid means of identification as part of bail conditions.
Kagarko then adjourned the case until July 25, for trial.