8th December, 2010
Three men, Abiodun Fatai, 27, Raymond Ibe, 50 and Ahmed Azeez, 20, haveÂ beenÂ arrested by the police at Orile Police Division and later arraigned before a courtÂ for allegedly beating up a policeman identified as PC Osuen Bright, for doing hisÂ job.
The incident occurred at the premises of Sam Cham Company Limited situated at AmuwoÂ Odofin area of Mile 2, Lagos.
Trouble reportedly broke out between the suspects and the policeman when AbiodunÂ Fatai, a trailer driver, was arrested with his trailer with registration numberÂ LAGOS SP 711 KRD, for driving against traffic at Orile bus stop by the policeman.
The policeman, it was learnt, ordered the driver to drive the trailer to OrileÂ Police Station for violating traffic rule, but instead of the driver to obey theÂ policeman, he drove the trailer with the policeman to his company at Amuwo OdofinÂ area where he and the two others beat him up and injured him.
On receiving information about the incident, the DPO of Orile Police Station, wasÂ said to have deployed his men to the place to rescue their colleague.
The three suspects were arrested along with the trailer driver and taken back to theÂ station and were later charged before a Surulere Magistrate Court on a two-countÂ charge of dangerous driving on the highway and willfully assault on a policeman, anÂ offence contrary to Section 28 (1) Cap 172 Vol.7 of RTL Laws and punishable underÂ Section 356 of the Criminal Code Vap C 17 Vol. 2 Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria,Â 2003.
The two-count charge read: â€œThat you, Abiodun Fatai, on the 25 November, 2010 atÂ about 6 a.m. at Orile bus stop, being the driver in charge of a trailer truck withÂ registration number LAGOS SP 711 KRD, drove same dangerously to other road users andÂ assaulted F/No.394911 PC Osuen Bright at Sam Cham Company Limited, Amuwo Odofin,Â Lagos, while on execution of his lawful duty.â€
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge and the presiding magistrate, Mrs.Â N. Tobi, granted them bail in the sum of N20,000 with two sureties each.
The magistrate also directed that the sureties must be Nigerian residents with theirÂ addresses verified, while the case was adjourned till 16 December, 2010.