Police arraign commercial motorcyclist for assaulting officer
Police in Osun State, yesterday, arraigned a resident of the state before two Magistrate’s Courts in Osogbo, for allegedly assaulting a police officer on duty and also riding a motorcycle (popularly called okada) without functional brakes.
The 43-year-old motorcyclist, Olaoye Moses, was arraigned on two separate charges for allegedly assaulting one Sergeant Bankole Abiodun while performing his lawful duty at Ota-Efun Market Square in Osogbo, the state capital.
The police prosecutor, Inspector Akintunde Jacob, informed the court that the defendant almost caused a breach of public peace by mobilising a crowd of people against the officer at the market.
Some of the counts read partly: “That you Olaoye Moses, on May 23, 2023, at about 10:00a.m. at Ota-Efun Market Square in Osogbo, did assault one Sergeant Bankole Abiodun while performing his lawful duty.”
According to the prosecutor, the okada man didn’t slow down for police officers, who were crossing the road through the pedestrian route.
The defendant’s offences were contrary and punishable to sections 516 and 249(d) of the Criminal Code Cap 34 Vol II Laws of Osun State of Nigeria, 2002.
However, the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges before the two different Magistrates’ courts. Consequently, the defendant’s counsel, Kehinde Adepoju, urged the court to grant Moses bail in liberal terms.
Magistrate A.O. Daramola, under where the defendant was arraigned for riding a motorcycle in a dangerous manner on a public highway without a driver’s licence, granted him bail in the sum of N50,000, with one surety in lieu. Daramola said the surety must be a blood relation of the defendant and adjourned to June 26, 2023, for mention.
Meanwhile, Magistrate A. A. Adeyeba of another court where Moses was arraigned for alleged assault on a police sergeant ordered that the accused person be remanded in Ile-Ife Correctional Centre.