On Tuesday, a 26-year-old trader, Uchenna Okek, was arraigned at Ikeja Magistrates’ Court for allegedly beating up a policeman. Okeke, a resident of Oluwalimu Street, Ikeja, Lagos, is being tried for breach of peace and assault.
The Prosecutor, Insp. George Nwosu, told the court that the accused committed the offences on June 11 at Ikeja, Lagos State. He said the accused unlawfully assaulted a policeman in uniform attached to MAN Centre Police station for preventing Okeke from killing his lover.
"The accused beat up the complainant and also caused injury to his head," he said. Nwosu said that the complainant while performing his official duty sighted the accused beating up a woman and dragging her on the ground.
"The police corporal saw the accused beating his girlfriend and dragging her on the ground, he rushed to the scene to prevent the accused from committing murder.
"When he wanted to stop the accused from beating his lover, the accused transferred his aggression to him for preventing him from dealing with his fiancée. He beat him up and hit him with a stone on his head which resulted to bleeding," he said.
The offences, said Nwosu, contravened Sections 166 and 171 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011, which on conviction attracts three-year imprisonment.
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, Mr A.A Adesanya, adjourned the case till July 6 for mention.