Man Arraigned In Court For Assaulting Police CorporalCrime Watch Friday, November 15th, 2013
Ruth Bamidele, Lagos
A-34 year old man, Akinade Kamila has been arraigned before a Lagos Magistrate Court, Ikeja for assaulting a Police Corporal. He was accused of unlawfully assaulting one police Corporal Micheal Odion with Force Number 367949 by slapping and grabbing him all over his body while performing a lawful duty.
African Examiner reported on Tuesday that the defendant was beaten and arrested within the court premises.
Akinade Kamila’s ordeal started when he was first arraigned for a charge of obtaining money under false pretense and theft. He was released on bail but failed to show up for his trial following which his surety was arrested. The surety was arraigned and discharged but the defendant was sighted within the court premises.
Attempt to arrest him resulted into a scuffle with the police officer but was eventually overpowered and subsequently charged to court. When his counsel, Mr. Ademola Ogunyade asked the court to grant his client bail, the prosecutor opposed the application.
The prosecutor, Mr. Edet Okoi told the court that prior to Thursday’s arraignment, the defendant had been arraigned and granted bail on 20th September, 2013 for alleged pretense and stealing offences committed on 20th April, 2013 and thereafter jumped bail. Okoi further told the court that the defendant had earlier failed to honour the bond signed with the police.
He further said this led to the arraignment of his surety, one Mr. Sulaimon Ola.
The prosecutor expressed fear that the court grant bail to the defendant on a liberal term, the defendant might not come for trial again.
But the counsel to the defendant argued that his client was entitled to bail.
He told Mrs. Dan M. Oni, the presiding Magistrate that his client has no intention of running away.
He was accused of obtaining and stealing by false pretense the sum of 1,000,000 naira from one Mrs. Adeola Olajide on 20th April, 2013, at the depot of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, purportedly for supplying 33,000 litres of Diesel oil to her.
The defendant Akinade Kamila, a diesel dealer is allegedly owing a business partner, Mrs. Olajide, a sum of N1 million, being money given to him to buy black market diesel in Warri, Delta State.
But in his defense, the defendant claimed that he bought the diesel as agreed but lost it to the police who confiscated the product on his way to Lagos.
He also claimed that he has entered into agreement with the complainant to repay the money
He claimed that so far he had paid back the sum of 200,000 naira.
Prosecuting police officer, Edet Okoi added that the defendant committed offences contrary to and punishable under Sections 312(1)(a),278(2)b and 172(a) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.
The defendant however pleaded not guilty to the charge and was granted bail in the sum of 200,000 naira with two reliable sureties in like sum.
The matter has been adjourned till 17th December, 2013 for further hearing.
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