The Police Command have arraigned two suspects, Saliu Mohammed and Hassan Bello, in an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court, Lagos Mainland, for allegedly assaulting an official of the Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company (IKEDC) with planks.
The suspects who are resident in Ojodu community, Lagos Mainland, are standing trial on a two-count charge of conspiracy and assault.
According to the Police Prosecutor ASP Clifford Ogu, the defendants committed the offences on September 17, 2018, at their home.
He told the court that they conspired to assault Mr. Jimoh Joshua while he was performing his duty. He noted that the complainant disconnected the defendants’ power supply for indebtedness, but he got assaulted.
“The accused used planks to injure the complainant. The accused threw stones at the complainant, who was on top of an electric pole, for disconnecting their house.
“When the complainant descended from the ladder, they attacked him by beating him up and using planks to hit him, which caused him harm.
“The case was reported and the accused were arrested,” the prosecutor said.
The offences contravene sections 173 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
Following their pleading “not guilty”, Magistrate Mrs. J. A. Adegun released the accused on bail in the sum of N50, 000 each with one surety each in the like sum.
She said the sureties must be employed and show evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State government. She however fixed the hearing for Tuesday, October 16, 2018.