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Court summons immigration officer over alleged assault

By Yetunde Ayobami Ojo
24 January 2023   |   2:24 am
Justice Sherifat Sonaike of a Lagos High Court sitting in Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) has issued summons to an immigration officer, Umar Mohammed, to appear before the court over alleged assault.

Federal High Court, Lagos

Justice Sherifat Sonaike of a Lagos High Court sitting in Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) has issued summons to an immigration officer, Umar Mohammed, to appear before the court over alleged assault.

The summons were sequel to alleged refusal to appear in court to defend two charges filed against him by the state government. The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Dr. Babajide Martins, in an application, asked the court to issue criminal summons against the defendant, to compel him to appear for his trial.

The state government had in a charge marked LD1205782022 filed against Mohammed, alleged that he unlawfully assaulted one Badiru Adeyemi Oluwafemi, by slapping him in his office and caused his nose to bleed.

Part of the charge reads: “That you Umar Mohammed on or about July, 30, 2019 at the Nigerian Immigration Office, Ikoyi, Lagos State, in the Lagos Judicial Division did unlawfully assault one Badiru Adeyemi Oluwafemi while executing his lawful official duty.”

His offence is contrary to Section 173, 174 (e) of the Criminal Law Ch. C17, vol. 3 Laws of Lagos State 2015. Justice Sonaike subsequently adjourned to February 28, 2023 for the arraignment.