The police on Monday arraigned two men, Richard Maza, 28, and Ndukwe Okezuo, 24, before an Abuja Area Court for allegedly disturbing public peace and causing grievous hurt over the ownership of a lady’s heart.
Maza, of Anguwan Rogo Village, Abuja, and Okezuo, a labourer, at Galadimawa village, Abuja, allegedly committed the offence on Oct. 23.
Police prosecutor Clement Egwu told the court that the accused engaged in a fight in the house of Mercy Asuo of Anguwan Rogo, Abuja.
Egwu said Maza claimed that Asuo was his girlfriend and that he rented the house she was staying for her, while Okezuo also claimed Asuo was his girl friend.
The Police prosecutor said that on Oct. 23, when Maza visited his girl friend, he met Okezuo in the house and a fight broke out between the two, resulting in serious injuries to both of them.
The prosecutor said that Maza hit Okezuo’s head with a plank while Okezuo used a knife to cut off a big part of Maza’s lips.
Egwu said that Okezuo was receiving treatment at the National Hospital, Abuja, and would undergo a plastic surgery for a lip reconstruction.
Egwu said the offence contravened the provisions of Sections 312 and 289 of the Penal Code, but the accused pleaded not guilty.
The Presiding Judge, Mr Ado Muktar, granted them bail in the sum of N50,000 and one reasonable surety each in like sum.
He said the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction, and adjourned the case to Nov. 6, for further hearing.