Eleven men were on Monday charged before an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for inflicting bodily injuries on three police officers on duty.
The accused include — Ogochukwu Iwoti, 33; Bolaji Oladimeji, 31; Abubakar Ismalia, 20; Marcus Yakubu, 24;’ Dajuma Ibrahim, 26; Adamu Musa, 26, and Mohammed Audu, 25.
Others are — Mohammed Abudulahi, 20; Charles Ibrahim, 29; Abudulamid Ambi, 30, and Musa Mohammed, 32.
They are standing trial on a five-count charge bordering on conspiracy, inflicting bodily harm, obstructing police officers on duty and unlawful possession of illicit drug.
The prosecutor, Insp. Ishola Samuel, told the court that the accused persons committed the alleged offences on Oct. 15, at Wole Olateju Crescent, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.
Samuel said that the accused allegedly inflicted injuries on the hands and chests of three police officers who were performing their duty.
He said that the police officers who sustained the injuries are: Insp. Keldran Okunzuwa, Insp. Thomas Ojih and Insp. Akio Umor.
The prosecutor also told the court that the 11 accused were unlawfully in possession of a substance suspected to be Indian hemp.
He said that the accused also damaged the back windscreen of a police patrol van, valued at N20, 000.
Samuel said that the alleged offences contravened Sections 112, 172, 327 and 337 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.
The accused all pleaded not guilty to the charge. The counsel to the accused persons, Mrs Helen Ibeji, urged the court to grant them bail on liberal terms.
The Magistrate, Mr J. A. Adegun, however, admitted each of the accused to bail in the sum of N100,000 with one surety each, in like sum.
He said that each of the sureties must be a Nigerian citizen, with either a valid national identity card or an international passport and should produce a two-year tax clearance.
He adjourned the matter to Dec. 10, for hearing. (NAN)