Handset Dealer Charged With Assault

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A 23-year old man, Emmanuel Pine, dealing in GSM handsets, has been arraigned before a Cele Magistrate’s Court, Isolo, Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria, for impersonation and assault.

Pine was alleged to have assaulted a 15-year old girl, at Akanro Street, Ilasamaja, Mushin, Lagos, by using her hand to touch his penis.

He was also accused of presenting himself as an army officer serving in 19 Battalion, Ojo, Lagos.

The offences are punishable under Section 484 of the Criminal Code, Cap.C.38, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2004 and Section 222 of the Criminal Code, Cap. C.17, Vol. 11, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2003.

Count two of the charges reads: “That you, Emmanuel Pine on 8 March, 2011 at Akanro Street, Ilasamaja in the Itire Magisterial District, did present yourself as an army officer serving in 19 Battalion, Nigeria Army, Ojo, knowing same to be false and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 484 of the Criminal Code, Cap.C.38, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2004.

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”On the same date, time and place in the aforesaid magisterial district, did indecently assault one Gift Akpan, 15-year old of Akanro Street, Ilasamaja, Mushin by using her hand to touch your penis and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 222 of the Crminal Code Cap.C.17, Vol. 11, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2003.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges and the presiding magistrate granted him bail in the sum of N25,000 with one surety in like sum.

The case has been adjourned

—Henrietta Ikhile

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