Truck driver assaults colleague over queue space

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A 22-year-old truck driver, Friday Jude, was on Wednesday arraigned before an Apapa Magistrates’ Court for allegedly assaulting another truck driver over space on queue in Lagos.

Jude is facing a one-count charge of assault.

The prosecutor, Inspector Donjor Perezi, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on February 1, 2019 at about 2pm at Ibrahim Babagida Road, Amuwo-Odofin, Lagos.

“The defendant unlawfully assaulted one Ekene Igwebuike with a wooden wedge whhich caused him a deep cut on his head,” Perezin said.

According to him, the offence is punishable under section 173 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria 2015.

The Investigative Police Officer (IPO) told the court that the complainant was receiving treatment at Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge against him.

Magistrate O.A Erinle granted the defendant bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.

The sureties, according to the Magistrate, must furnish the court with proof of tax payment to the Lagos State

Government and the document for the discharge of the complainant from the hospital.

The sureties must be blood relatives to the defendant.

She adjourned the case till March 6, 2019 for mention.

In a separate matter, a middle-aged truck driver, Ismaila Ibrahim, on Wednesday told an Apapa Magistrates’ Court sitting in Lagos to strike out the case of assault against his colleague, Sanni Mohammed.

The prosecutor, Sergeant Kolade Tedunjaye, told the court that had committed the offence on January 13, 2019 at about 4:30pm at Berger Suya Bus Stop, Olodi-Apapa.

“The defendant unlawfully stabbed Ismaila Ibrahim with a broken bottle on his two hands,” Tedunjaye said.
According to her, the offence is punishable under section 173 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria 2015.

When the court asked why Ibrahim was withdrawing from the case, he said, “I have been treated and I am much better now. I have forgiven him and I want him to resume work.”

Magistrate B.M Amore struck out the case against the defendant and told him to “go and sin no more”.