Lagos State Special Offences Court has sentenced a 35-year-old man, Mr. Tunde Mukaila, to one year in prison without an option of fine.
Presiding Magistrate, Mrs. J.O.E Adeyemi, sentenced the accused to 90 days imprisonment on each of the four counts of unlawful assault, armed with stones with other people on the run to unlawfully assault Wale Babajide, Wasiu Azeez and Rahman Adeyemi, who were officials of the Lagos State Government.
The accused person was also charged with inflicting severe injuries on the officials and destruction of a Toyota vehicle with number plate KTU 961 AG belonging to the Ministry of Transportation, thereby conducting himself in a manner likely to cause a breach of peace.
Adeyemi added that with the actions of the accused, he had committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Sections 170, 171, 161(1)d and 166 (2) Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011.
Reacting to the judgment, the Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Kayode Opeifa, who applauded the decision of the magistrate, said the judgment would serve as a deterrent to others, especially those who were fond of assaulting government officials while performing their legal duties and in the process destroyed government property provided with tax payers’ money.
Opeifa said the attack would not deter the government from continuing with its state-wide removal of abandoned vehicles in order to further ensure the safety and security of the people.
He commended the efforts of the people of the state who had either through text messages, phone calls or e-mails, notified the Ministry of Transportation on areas where there were abandoned vehicles in the state.
He urged members of the public not to hesitate to send text messages.
The three officials of the MOT were allegedly attacked and assaulted when they were removing abandoned/disused vehicles on Capitol Road, Agege.