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Court remands three for alleged assault on Eko DISCO female staff

By Kehinde Olatunji
25 April 2022   |   2:40 am
A Badagry Magistrate’s Court has remanded three suspects in Badagry Correctional Centre for alleged assault on a female staff of Eko Electricity Distribution Company (DISCO), Miss Janet Alugbhe, at Hughes Avenue in Alasia Ijanikin area of Lagos State.


A Badagry Magistrate’s Court has remanded three suspects in Badagry Correctional Centre for alleged assault on a female staff of Eko Electricity Distribution Company (DISCO), Miss Janet Alugbhe, at Hughes Avenue in Alasia Ijanikin area of Lagos State.
     
The court remanded them after the suspects pleaded not guilty to a  5-count charge levelled against them.
After taking the evidence from witnesses called by the prosecution, the Court granted bail to the defendants in the sum of N300, 000, with two sureties in like sum.
 
The court held that the sureties must be residing in Lagos State, gainfully employed and with three years tax clearance. The suspects, Sikiru Suleman, 43; Omoghene Emmanuel, 19 and Ezike Eucharia, 42,  allegedly assaulted the victim, while discharging her lawful duties as a field-representative officer.
    
Spokesperson for EKEDC, Godwin idemudia,  in  a statement yesterday said: “On April 17, Miss Alugbhe visited the area to collect evidence of meter bypass after she had received information about massive cases of such illegal activity in that area.
   
“On her way out of the avenue, she was mobbed and violated by about 30 people. She was pulled by her hair from a bike, her clothes were torn, and personal effects seized.
    
“She was forced to unlock her phone and all the data she had gathered on the cases of the meter bypass was deleted. The mob proceeded to insert her phone into her private part. In all my years, I have never heard of such a barbaric act, and those involved should be ashamed of themselves.”
    
Idemudia expressed his aversion to these unlawful acts and reiterated that the company has a zero-tolerance policy on assault and will go to the full extent of the law to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.
 
 He affirmed that EKEDC is currently implementing initiatives to reduce the assault on its staff.