25th November, 2010
By Henry Ojelu
Three weeks after being granted bail in a case of assault at an Ikeja Magistrateâ€™s Court, Seyi Peters, eldest son of Sir Shina Peters, the Afro Juju crooner, is yet to meet the N250,000 condition set by the court for his temporary freedom.
At the resumption of his trial yesterday, his bail was not perfected and was taken back to Kirikiri Prison. P.M.NEWS however, gathered that moves are being made to perfect his bail conditions for freedom this week.
He was arrested by the police and charged on a one-count charge of pouring hot water on a housewife, Patience Johnson, and injuring her in the process.
Trouble started for the 33-year old Seyi when he allegedly carried a pot containing hot water meant to prepare yam flour (amala) at a nearby canteen and poured it on the woman during a scuffle.
Investigations revealed that fighting broke out between the accused and the complainant around 11.30 a.m. on the fateful day when the latter asked him to move away from the entrance of her restaurant and bar at 1, College Road, Off Iju Road, Agege, Lagos so that she could open the door.
But the accused who was said to be drinking beer in front of the restaurant refused. In an attempt to drag him away from the entrance, his shirt got torn and fighting ensued.
Seyi allegedly claimed that the torn shirt cost him N25,000 and the restaurant owner must pay for it. Every attempt to move him away from the spot by friends and residents proved abortive.
Police investigations revealed that in annoyance, the accused carried a large pot of boiling water from a nearby canteen and poured it on the victim.
After the act, he ran away on a commercial motorcycle.
He was, however, pursued by the victimâ€™s daughter, Angela Johnson, who wrestled him to the ground and sought help of policemen on patrol.
He was arrested and taken to the Pen Cinema Police Station where he allegedly blamed the devil for his action.
In his statement to the police, he was said to have blamed his stepmother for casting a spell on him.
He was charged to court on a one-count charge of pouring hot water on his victim and causing her bodily harm, an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 335 of the Criminal Code, Cap.C.17, Vol.2, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2003.
The charge reads: â€œThat you, Seyi Peters, on 23 October, 2010 at about 11.30 a.m at 1, College Road, Ifako, Agege, in the Ikeja Magisterial District, did unlawfully wound one Patience Johnson, â€˜Fâ€™ by pouring unto her body hot water and caused her grievous bodily harm and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 335 of the Criminal Code, Cap C.17, Vol.2, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2003.â€
He pleaded not guilty to the charge and was granted bail in the sum of N250,000 and a surety who must have a house in Lagos with a verifiable address and must be a tax payer.
Following his inability to meet the conditions, the magistrate ordered that he should be remanded at the Kirkiri Maximum Security Prisons.
When the matter came up for trial yesterday, Seyi was brought from the kirikiri prison as he was yet to perfect the bail term for his release.
The matter has been adjourned till Febuary 9, 2011 for trial.