Three traders, Fatimoh Raheem, 47, Mutiat Olayiwola, 32 and Dupe Salawudeen, 41, who supposedly attacked two policemen, while on duty, on Thursday was arraigned before Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
The defendants, all inhabitants of Mushin, are standing trial on a four-count charge of rupture of harmony, opposing capture, grave assault and scheme.
As indicated by the Prosecutor, Insp Aondohemba Koti, the defendants committed the offense on March 23 at Mushin, Lagos, NAN reports.
He said that the defendants struck ASP Abayomi Adejumo and Insp Oluseun Adelaja while attempting to reestablish harmony in a situation.
“The policemen were assaulted when they were trying to make peace between the defendants and some electricity officials.
“Koti said that the defendants conducted themselves in a manner likely to cause breach of peace by seizing the ladder, property of Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) over disconnection of power supply.
“The defendants also obstructed James Iwebo, Adewale Yusuf and Gideon Ogereghe, the electricity officials, from performing their duties.
“After the officials disconnected the defendants’ electricity supply, they seized the ladder and sat on it, ordering them to reconnect back the light.
“The electricity officials called the police when they could no longer handle the situation. The defendants still refused to release the ladder and instead, they beat up the policemen.
“The defendants resisted arrest but were later forced to the station,’’ the prosecutor said.
The defendants, be that as it may, denied the charges.
The offenses contravened Sections 168, 117, 174 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 117 carries three years imprisonment for resisting arrest, while area 174 draws in three years for serious assault.
In her decision, Magistrate Mrs M.O Tanimola, granted the respondents bail of N60, 000 each with one surety each in like sum.
Tanimola said that every one of the sureties ought to be profitably utilized and show proof of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
The case was adjorned until April 30 for notice.