Tailor remanded in prison for chopping off man’s hand during fight


An Igbosere Magistrates Court today remanded a tailor, Samson Onome(pictured above), who allegedly chopping off a man’s right hand with cutlass during a fight in prison custody, pending the legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecution.

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Magistrate B. A Shonuga remanded the defendant in prison, due to the degree of injury inflicted ‎on the victim(pictured right).

Oneme 34, who resides in Celestial Area, ilasan Housing Estate in Eti-Osa area of Lagos, was docked before Magistrate Shonuga.

He is standing trial on a two-count charge bordering on attempted murder and infliction of grievous bodily harm, preferred against him by the police.

The offence committed is contrary to Sections 228(2) and punishable under sections 243 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The prosecutor Corporal Friday Mameh told the court that the incident happened on January 11, at about 8pm.

He said that the defendant tried to kill one Wale Badejo, alias ‘Carry Go’ ‘by using a cutlass to cut off his right hand wrist’ and inflicting injuries on his head and left arm.


The prosecutor said that the incident occurred inside Onome’s room.

He said a neighbour, who had been playing a game of lotto in a shop nearby, told Onome that ‘Carry Go’, was destroying things in the shop.

“Onome accompanied the neighbour to the place where they met Carry Go threatening everyone.

He said Carry Go punched him and pushed him to the ground, trying to lure him into a fight.

He then ran into his room and locked himself in but Carry Go came after him with a broken bottle in both hands.
According to him, Carry Go kicked down his door and charged at him with the bottles.

Onome said he picked up a cutlass and cut off Carry Go’s right hand from the wrist when he tried to stab him with the bottles. He said boys in the area collected the cutlass from him and beat him up.

“The victim was rushed to General Hospital, Marina for treatment but his severed hand could not be attached.”

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However, the defendant denied the charge and his counsel, Steven Opowara applied that he be admitted to bail.

While objecting, to the bail the prosecutor urged the court to remand the defendant in prison custody.

He said: “The charge against the defendant is attempted murder where the defendant matcheted the victim all over the body and completely cut off his hand with intent to kill him. The victim is lying critically ill on admission in hospital in an unpredictable condition.

“The punishment on conviction is life imprisonment.”

Ruling, Magistrate Shonuga upheld the prosecutor’s argument.

He said: “In view of the degree of injury inflicted on the victim who is lying critically ill in the hospital, the defendant is hereby remanded in prison custody and the prosecution is ordered to forward the duplicate case file to the Director of Public Prosecution for advice.”

The case was adjourned till February 6, for DPP’s advice.

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