Couple granted bail in domestic violence suit

The two defendants, who are residents of Karu, FCT-Abuja, were charged with offences of joint act, disturbance of public peace and inciting public disturbance.

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the couple are standing trial for perpetrating domestic violence against each other.

The offenses, according to the prosecution, are in contravention of sections 79, 113 and 114 of the Penal Code.

The Judge, Mr Hassan Ishaq, granted the bail N10,000 bail to each of the defendants.

Ishaq also ordered that they produced reliable and reasonable sureties in like sum.

He said the address of the sureties must be verified by the officer of the Court.

The judge also directed that the sureties must submit their driver’s license or national identity card with the court registrar.

He also ordered the couple to write an undertaking with the Court to maintain peace.

The State Prosecutor, Mr Mahmud Ismail, had earlier told the Court that the defendants were arrested after Aniefiok reported his wife at the Karu Police Station.

He said the two defendants were in the habit of fighting and disturbing public peace since the year 2014.

“Several times, both of you have been reported to Karu Police Station by your neighbours because you engaged yourselves in fight and caused apprehension, fear and disturbances to other members of the public.

“Since 2014, the Police station has received reports about your constant engagement in domestic fights against each other and you even have a pending matter with the Police where you engaged in a public fight,’’ he said.

Ismail also told the court that the couple had been warned severally by the Police at the Karu Police station to desist from fighting, to no avail.

However, after listening to the charges, the defendants pleaded not guilty.

The court adjourned the matter till May 10 for continuation of hearing.

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