Money can make people do silly things and what Taiwo Akinlabi, 47, did to his son for just 300 Naira is shocking.

He allegedly beat his son to a pulp for not collecting change from where he sent him to buy a bottle of beer for his visiting friend. 

Mr Akinlabi, who is a carpenter, is now standing trial at an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court, for alleged assault.

He resides at 43, Oyemekun Street in Ifako Agege, a suburb of Lagos. 

At the hearing on Friday, Police prosecutor, Clifford Ogu, told the court that the offence was committed on January 13 at the residence of the accused.

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Inspector Ogu narrated what transpired between Mr Akinlabi and his son.

"The accused sent his son, a 13-year-old, to buy beer for his friend who visited.

"On getting to where the boy wanted to buy the beer, the seller told him that the father owed her 300 Naira earlier and the boy paid the money from there.

"On getting home, the son told the father how 300 Naira was removed from the change and he started beating him.

"The accused hit his son’s head with hammer and the boy fainted," the prosecutor said.

Ogu added that the boy was rushed to a nearby hospital, while the accused was arrested.

The offence violates Section 173 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

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When his case was called on Friday, Mr Akinlabi, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The counsel to the accused also sought his bail and the Chief Magistrate, Mrs Taiwo Akanni, granted the accused a bail of 50, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

Akanni adjourned the case till February 26, for mention. 

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