Lawyer lands in Kirikiri for allegedly attacking policeman

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Barrister Ajagba Stephen was in November 2017, remanded in Kirikiri prison by the Magistrate (Mrs) Owope of Court 5 Ogba, Lagos, for allegedly attacking a policeman, identified as Inspector Gbenga Daniel.

Stephen was slammed with a 2-count charge of assault on a police officer and a disorderly behavior.

ASP Ayorinde, police prosecutor told the court that the offences contravene Section 168 (D) and 174 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.

The accused pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to him and the court granted him bail in the sum N200, 000.

He is to also one surety, who must be a resident in the State and also to show evidence of tax payment for the last two years.

However, his lawyer pleaded that he should be granted bail, based on self recognition and the magistrate said he has to deposit the originals of his primary, secondary schools and university certificates, the National Youth Service Corps certificate and his original call up letter to the Bar, before he could be granted bail based on self recognition.  He was remanded in Kirikiri prison due to his inability to meet the bail conditions.

Our correspondent gathered that the build-up for the lawyer began when he visited Meiran Police Station, to bail one Stephen Emmanuel.

Emmanuel, it was alleged stole a bag belonging to an official of the Federal Road Safety Corps, (FRSC) at the premises of Guaranty Trust Bank Plc.

The bag contained a laptop, phones and some documents, even as the CCTV captured the accused, while allegedly carrying out the dastardly act.

But, when the accused visited the bank for the second time to steal, he was arrested by the security personnel at the bank and handed over to the police.

Quizzed, he took police detectives to Computer Village in Ikeja, where the receiver of the stolen items was arrested.

The FRSC official pleaded with the police to stay action on the matter, saying that a naval officer called to plead on behalf of the accused.

But, as soon as the naval officer came to the police station, the lawyer allegedly began to quarrel with police officers for detaining his client for more than 24-hours.

He was said to have attacked the inspector while he was trying to obtain his statement under caution, as he was allegedly planning to escape, while he was blocked.

The divisional crime officer, (DCO), of the station ordered that he should be arrested, as he allegedly inflicted injuries on the inspector, while attempting to escape.  He was subsequently charged to court.

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