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Police arraign 80 Lekki youths for assaulting 5 officers

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80 Ibeju-Lekki youths accused by the police of assaulting policemen and destroying property valued at N570,000 at two police stations, were brought before an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos. Some of the defendants are: Segun Adeyemi, 29; Christian Duru, 23; Afeez Ayodele, 25 and Bakare Yusuf, 20; Kazeem Rama, 25; Moses Awolowo 26; Yusuf Mohammed, 30; and Jamiu Osiberu, 37.

They were arraigned on an 11-count charge of unlawful damage of property, assault occasioning grievous bodily harm and conduct likely to cause breach of peace.

The defendants committed the offences in April 2020 at Akodo and Orimede areas of Ibeju Lekki, Lagos,Prosecution counsel Mrs Yetunde Cardoso alleged. Cardoso, a Deputy Superintendent (DSP) reported that the defendants invaded Akodo and Orimede Police Stations, unjustifiably injured five police officers on duty at the two locations and damaged property valued at N570,000.

The assaulted officers were identified as Corporal Seyi Ayandosu, Inspector Ayodele Oguntola, Inspector Johnson Kolawale, Inspector Ejeje Egbala and Inspector Abideen Akintoye.

All the injured police officers are receiving treatment at a hospital in Lagos, she said. The court heard that the offences offended sections 411, 412, 45, 35 (a) (1) 174 and 166(d) of the Criminal law of Lagos State, 2015.

Though, each defendant pleaded not guilty.
Magistrate Doja Ojo granted them N50,000 bail each with two sureties each in the like sum.

Ojo adjourned till June 8, for mention.

She remanded them in police custody till they perfected their bail conditions. The Nation recalls that on April 27, the police alleged that youths in Ibeju-Lekki protested against the state’s COVID-19 lockdown directive.

51 of them were arrested in the aftermath of skirmishes that followed.

Reported by: Fatimah Oyesanmi

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