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Court sentences Edo chief to 2 months in prison for beating fellow chief with stick

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By Peterson Ibi

An Edo traditional chief, Obamedo Ode, was on Thursday sentenced to two months imprisonment by an Egor Magistrates’ Court in Benin, for assaulting a fellow chief, Edwin Onaiwu, by beating him with a stick.

The police prosecutor, Lucky Sunday, told the court that the convict committed the crime on 22 February, 2018, at Iguotor community, Egor magisterial district.

According the prosecutor, on the said date, Chief Ode came with thugs to unlawfully assault the complainant with a stick, causing him harm in the process.

The prosecutor said the offence contravened the provisions of sections 355 of the Criminal Code Cap. 48 Vol. 11, Laws of the defunct Bendel State of Nigeria, 1976, now applicable in Edo State.

The presiding Magistrate, Blessing Aiyanyo, who found Chief Ode guilty of the one-count charge of assault preferred against him, however gave him an option of N20,000 fine.