December 28, 2017

Bus conductor bites off passenger’s lip over fare

N800 transportation levy

Lagos yellow buses

…as court remands Ekiti monarch, 5 others in prison’s custody

A 25-year-old conductor, Tobi Ogunremi, who allegedly bit off a passenger’s lip and punched him on his face was, yesterday, docked at an Ikeja Magistrate’s Court, Lagos.

Ogunremi, who resides at 5, Idi-Orogbo Street, Rabinyan, Ijoko, Lagos, is facing a one-count charge of assault.

The prosecutor, Inspector Victor Eruada, told the court that the accused committed the offences on December 7 at Shyllon Junction, Ilupeju, a Lagos Suburb.

Eruada said the accused physically assaulted Olowoye Adedayo, after he refused to give him his balance money and later threw it on the ground.

“Adedayo sustained a mouth injury following the bite, as well as several punches he received from Ogunremi during an argument,” he told the court.

Eruada said the offence contravened Section 172 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The magistrate, Mrs G. O. Anifowoshe, granted him bail in the sum of N20,000 with two sureties in like sum.

He said the sureties should be gainfully employed and must show evidence of a two-year tax payment to Lagos State Government, as part of the bail conditions.

Anifowoshe adjourned the case until January 17, 2018 for mention.

Ekiti monarch in prison’s custody

Meanwhile, an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrate’s Court has ordered that the Olukere of Ikere-Ekiti, Obasoyin Ganiyu, 50, and five other persons be remanded in prison custody over alleged conspiracy, attempted murder and murder of one Kolade Adefemi.

The other accused persons are Ajewole Sunday, 25; Adetowoju Bode, 27; Kayode Michael, 31; Olowolafe Tola, 32 and Aluko Taiwo, 32.

It was gathered that the accused were arraigned on a remand order request filed by Ekiti Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Chafe, who was also present during the court’s proceedings.

The remand order form, with registration number MAD/181fk/17, alleged that the accused persons committed the offences of conspiracy, attempted murder of Ayodele Osanyinbola and murder of Kolade Adefemi.

The law

The offences are punishable under Sections 324, 320 (1) and 319 (1) of the Criminal Code Cap C 16, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.

The offences were said to have been committed within Ado-Ekiti Magisterial District on Monday.

The prosecutor, Inspector Okunade Johnson, urged the court to remand the accused persons in prison’s custody, pending receipt of legal advice from the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions, DPP.

The DPP, Mr. Gbemiga Adaramola, also attended the court’s proceedings.

Counsel’s plea ignored

The plea of the accused persons were not taken, while their counsel, Mr. Ademola Adeyemi, pleaded with the court to consider the nature of the case and admit his clients to bail.

The prosecutor, however, opposed the bail application and pleaded with the court to grant the remand order request.

Chief Magistrate Adesoji Adegboye refused the bail application and ordered that the suspects be remanded in prison’s custody, pending the issuance of legal advice on the case.

The case was adjourned till January 8 for mention.