A driver – Adegboyega Osiyemi – who allegedly assaulted and tore the uniform of a policeman, on Wednesday appeared before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
Osiyemi, 32, a resident of No. 4, Rebecca St., Iju-Ishaga, Lagos, is facing a two-count charge of breach of peace and assault.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Essien Ndarake, told the court that the accused committed the offences on Jan. 22 at Morrison Crescent, Oregun, Ikeja, Lagos.
He said that the accused unlawfully assaulted a policeman, Sgt Solomon Oyekanmi, by beating him up while performing his lawful duty.
“The accused gave the complainant several punches on his eyes and mouth, which caused him harm,” the prosecutor said.
Ndarake said that the accused, a truck driver, had blocked the entrance of Erisco Foods Company Ltd. while offloading a container for another company.
“The company’s official told him to move away from their entrance but instead of him to comply, he slapped the General Manager and started fighting him.
“The matter was reported at the police station and the sergeant was asked to follow them,” he said.
Ndarake said that when the policeman got to the scene, he tried to calm the accused who appeared still agitated.
According to him, the accused, in return, turned violent and assaulted Oyekanmi.
“The accused descended on the sergeant and hit him with an iron rod on the head, beat him and in the process tore his uniform.” he said.
Ndarake said the offences contravened Sections 166 and 171 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
Section 171 provides that if convicted of the offence, an accused is liable to three years imprisonment.
The accused pleaded not guilty of the offences and was granted bail in the sum of N100,000 with one surety in like sum.
The Magistrate, Mrs E. Kubeinje adjourned the case till April 25 for mention. (NAN)

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