This story seems to be placed upside down as the normal gist is that police beat of innocent citizens. But the reverse is the case here.
Two women and four men were on Tuesday arraigned in an Ikorodu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly battering a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) who was on his way to perform his official duty.
The accused, who are all residing at Ikorodu, near Lagos are: Kehinde Alimot, 40; Bukola Ahmed, 32; Ifeanyi Kanu, 22; Owolabi Ibrahim, 39; Aikulola Olamiji, 54, and Jamiu Yussuf, 39.
The accused people were arraigned before Magistrate A.B. Adelabu-Olagbegi on a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy, unlawful assault and causing a breach of peace.
However, they all pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The magistrate, thereafter, granted them bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum.
The sureties, according to the magistrate, must also be house owners within the magisterial district and must also show evidence of three years tax payment.
She adjourned the case until Dec. 14 for trial.
Earlier, the Police Prosecutor, Sgt. Mary Ajiteru, had said that the accused committed the offences on Oct. 26 along Agunfoye Road, Igbogbo in Ikorodu at about 12.45 a.m.
According to Ajiteru, the accused, including a nursing mother, battered their victim, one Supol Issah Lawal, a DPO attached to the Igbogbo Police Station.
“On sighting the DPO, who was on his way to work, he was battered seriously while in his police uniform,” she said.
Ajiteru said the offences contravened Sections 411, 168 (d), 174(b) of the Lagos State Criminal Code Laws, 2015.