A 39-year-old school proprietor, Paul Okungbowa, on Wednesday, appeared before an Oredo Chief Magistrates’ Court, Benin for allegedly exposing two of his pupils to unnecessary danger. Okungbowa was arraigned along with three teachers, Blessing Osarodion, 27, Esosa Egharavba, 29, and Isioma Nimen, 35 . The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the proprietor was facing a two-count charge of alleged breach of the peace and allegedly calling a parent, Mrs Blessing Aigbudu, “a prostitute” in the public. The female school staff members were charged with alleged unlawful abandonment of pupils kept under their care by exposing them to unnecessary danger.
He said the offence contravened section 167(2) of the Criminal Law of Edo State. The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges. The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Caroline Oghuma, granted the defendants bail in the sum of N50,000 each with one surety each in like sum. Oghuma said that such sureties must be blood relations of the defendants, while their house addresses must be verified by the court’s registrar. The magistrate further ordered that the sureties must depose to affidavits of means and adjourned the case to October 27 for hearing.
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