By Onozure Dania
Lagos—A commercial bus driver and his conductor, who were alleged to have assaulted a Lagos State Traffic Management Agency, LASTMA, official were, yesterday, docked before an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court, Lagos.
The defendants, Felix Okondo, 35, and Emeka Ohia, 27, who reside at 28, Bester Street, and 6, Oredapo Street, in Egbeda, respectively, were docked before Magistrate A. Soladoye. Okondo and Ohia are facing a two-count charge of assault preferred against them by the police.
The prosecutor, Inspector Jimoh Joseph, told the court that the defendants, being driver and conductor of a Volskwagen commercial bus with number plates XV 923 JJJ, obstructed one Surakat Raheem an official of LASTMA, while he was acting in the execution of his lawful duties.
He said that the defendants and others, who are still at large, unlawfully assaulted Raheem by beating him up and used an iron rod on his face. According to the prosecutor, the offences are punishable under Sections 172 (c) and 171 of the Criminal Law of Lagos, 2011.
However, the defendants denied the charge. The magistrate granted the defendants N500,000 bail each, with two sureties each in like sum.
She said that one of the sureties must be a civil servant of Grade Level 12, the other must be a blood relation, who has a landed property in Egbeda area of Lagos State, with the Certificate of Occupancy to be verified by the Lagos State Ministry of Land registry and their addresses verified. Magistrate Soladoye adjourned the case till November 4, for mention.