A 40-year-old commercial motorcyclist, Olisehyem Livingstone, was arraigned before a Lagos Magistrate Court, Ikeja for allegedly beating and hitting the head of a police officer with a plank.
Livingstone, who resides at No. 119, area of Agbado in Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos, is facing a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy, assault and assault occasioning harm.
Police Insp. Benson Emuerhi, the prosecutor, told the court that the accused committed the offences on July 18 at 4.00 p.m. at Wemco Road, Ikeja.
According to Emuerhi, the accused assaulted a police officer, Sgt. Gbenga Ayebo, on his head causing him grievous harm.
He said that the accused was intercepted by a patrol team attached to area ‘F’ command while riding his motorcycle with a passenger on it on a restricted road.
“On sighting the police officer, the rider jumped off the bike with registration number EPE 732 Q in a bid to to escape.
“The police officer then put the said motorcycle in their patrol van, but the accused suddenly jumped into the van with some hoodlums in a bid to drop off the bike.
“The accused attacked the complainant with planks and other dangerous weapons,” he said
Emuerhi alleged that the accused also vandalised the police patrol van with registration number PF 54.
He added that the motorcycle, with registration number QW 283 MW belonging to one Hycent Ekuem was stolen by the accused who could not give satisfactory explanation of it’s ownership.
The offences contravened Sections 174, 287, 350 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge.
In her ruling, the Chief Magistrate, Mrs Olufunke Sule-Amzat, granted the accused bail in the sum of N50, 000 with two responsible sureties in like sum.
Amzat said that the sureties should be gainfully employed with an evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
In addition, the sureties must be blood relations of the accused.
Amzat adjourned the case until Nov. 22 for hearing.