An engineer, Gibson Onyeka, charged with causing the death of 40 fowls, valued at N144,000 was, on Monday, arraigned at an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that Onyeka, 34, residing at No. 1, Babatunde Hassan Street, Ishaga, Lagos, is being tried for causing damage and killing of animals.

According to the prosecutor, Inspector Akeem Raji, the accused caused the death of the fowls, owned by one Olarenwaju Oladuja, some time in October 2015 at Iju-Ishaga, Lagos.

“The accused was in charge of renovating the building of the complainant’s neighbour.

“He, however, demolished the fence demarcating his client’s building from the complainant’s, leading to the death of the complainant’s fowls in his compound,” Raji said.

He alleged that the offences contravened Section 392 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011, which prescribes a three-month jail term for accused, if found guilty.

Onyeka, however, pleaded not guilty and was granted bail in the sum of N100,000 with one surety in like sum by the trial judge, Mr T.O. Shomade.

The case was adjourned till January 25 for mention.

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