IkejaA 28-year-old driver, John Maxwell, has appeared before an Ikeja Magistrates’ court Lagos Mainland, yesterday, December 20, 2017 for allegedly beating up a traffic officer and tore his uniform.
The accused was arraigned on a charge of assault and damage.
The prosecutor, Sgt. Godwin Awase, told the court that the Maxwell committed the offences on December 6, 2017, at Acme Road, Ogba, Lagos Mainland.
He said that the accused assaulted a senior traffic warden attached to Pen Cinema Police Station, Benjamin Ogbar, by beating him up while performing his lawful duty.
According to him, the accused dealt blows on the complainant, injuring his mouth and nose.
“The complainant was controlling traffic when the accused’s vehicle suddenly stopped.
“The accused, who claimed that his vehicle ran out of fuel, came down, left it on the road, and was walking away.
“The complainant called him to move his vehicle out of the road, as it had already caused obstruction.
“The accused refused to comply; instead, he started punching the complainant, which caused injuries to his mouth and nose.
“In the process, the complainant lost his phone and wristwatch valued N35,000 and N15,000 respectively,” he said.
The prosecutor said that the accused also damaged the complainant’s uniform valued N25,000.
Sgt. Godwin noted that the offences contravene Sections 174 and 350 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015(Revised).
However the accused pleaded not guilty to the offense.
In the court ruling, the presiding magistrate, Mr J.A. Adigun, granted bail to the accused the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum, adding that the sureties should be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
He adjourned the case until Jan.3, for mention