The 33-year-old man, Taiye Jimoh, appeared before an Ikeja Magistrates’ court on Friday in Lagos for allegedly stoning and chasing bank’s staff and customers with a nailed-plank.
Jimoh, a resident of Akute area of Ogun, is being tried for a breach of the peace, intent to commit felony and threat to life.
According to the prosecutor, Inspector George Nwosu, the accused committed the offences between October 15 and November 8 at Iju, in the outskirts of Lagos.
He said the accused entered into the premises of a branch of Union Bank PLC with the intent to commit felony.
“The accused was found wandering for an illegal and disorderly purpose,” he said.
Nwosu said the accused was intimidating the bank’s staff and customers by throwing stones and pursuing them with a nailed plank.
“The accused was always in the bank’s premises in the past three weeks; threatening the staff and customers with stones and a nailed-plank on it.
“Whenever he was asked to leave as he may be a spy who had come to monitor the bank’s activities, he would turn violent.
“The accused was neither a customer nor was he operating an account with the bank,” he said.
The prosecutor said the offences contravened sections 51, 166 and 306 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 306(1) prescribes five-year jail term for offender.
The accused pleaded innocence of the offences and was granted bail in the sum of N100,000, with two sureties in like sum.
The magistrate A.A. Adesanya, adjourned the case to January 16 for mention