On Monday, three men identified as Kujembola Olawashina, Kola AfolabI, Alade Adeyinka, and a female suspect named Toyin Obide, were charged to court for assaulting and unlawfully detaining a policeman in Lagos.
The defendants were presented before the Ikeja Magistrate Court on a four-count charge of assault, conspiracy, breach of the peace, and obstruction of justice (stopping a police officer from performing his duty).
The defendants pleaded not guilty to these charges, however, the Prosecutor, ASP Ezekiel Ayorinde, claims that the defendants and others still at large committed the offences on Nov. 18 at Edgebase Technology, Opebi, Ikeja.
He further explained that the defendants had conducted themselves in an uncivilized manner, and caused a breach of the peace by beating, as well as obstructing a police officer attached to Area F Police Command, Ikeja, from executing his duty.
“The complainant went to the defendants’ company to arrest one of their staff who failed to honour the police invitation in a case of fraud and stealing.
“The defendants prevented the complainant from arresting the suspect.
“They beat him up and locked him inside a room.
“When the complainant was finally freed without executing his duty, he came back with his colleagues to arrest the defendants while the others escaped,” the prosecutor said.
The alleged offences is listed to have contravened Sections 164, 117, 174 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015. According to section 174, assault attracts three years imprisonment, while section 117 provides for three years’ imprisonment for obstructing and resisting police arrest.
The Magistrate, Mrs B.O. Osunsanmi, meanwhile granted the defendants bail of N200,000 (Two hundred thousand) each with two sureties, who must be fully employed and show proper evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
The case was then adjourned to February 17, 2020 for final hearing.