A commercial bus driver, conductor and their friend have been arrested and arraigned before a Lagos Magistrate’s court for attacking the General Manager/Chief Executive Officer of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, Mr Olajide Oduyoye.
The accused persons allegedly used scissors and screwdrivers to attack Oduyoye and in the process inflicted injuries on his right hand and other parts of his body.
Paul Edem Ekpo, 24, Michael George, 26, and Friday Pius allegedly attacked the LASTMA boss for daring to caution the driver, Ekpo for reckless driving.
It was gathered that the timely intervention of the Female Divisional Police Officer, DPO in charge of Ilasan Division, Lekki, Lagos, CSP Onyinye Onwuameagbu saved the LASTMA boss from being killed by the accused persons as She reportedly dispatched her men to the scene of incident to restore order following a tip off.
The Police arrested the accused persons with the weapons they allegedly used.
The accused were charged before the Igbosere Chief Magistrate’s Court, Lagos on a three counts charge bordering on assault occasioning bodily harm and threatening violence.
Police Counsel, Peace Chukwudi told the court in charge N0 6/64D//2020 that the accused persons committed the offence on 20 June, 2020 at Osapa London Bus Stop, Jakande, Lekki, Lagos.
Chukwudi informed the court that the accused persons took the law into their hands for attacking the LASTMA boss with weapons who cautioned the driver, Ekpo for reckless driving and in the process inflicted injuries on his right hand and other parts of the body.
She said the offences the accused persons committed were punishable under sections 411, 173 and 56(1a) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015. The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges in the open court, and the presiding Magistrate, K.O Doja Ojo granted them bail in the sum of N50,000 each with two sureties each in like sum, one of whom must be a blood relation
Doja Ojo adjourned the case till 28 July, 2020 for mention and ordered that the defendants be kept at the Ilasan Police Station in compliance to the COVID 19 directives till they perfected the bail conditions.