A serving Assistant Commissioner of Police, in charge of Criminal Investigation Department, Kwara State Police Command, Mr. Tajudeen Bakare, has been dragged before the court for assault.
Mr. Bakare was accused on Wednesday before the Chief Magistrate’s Court, Ilorin, presided over by Mrs. I.O. Olawoyin, of allegedly assaulting the Chairman, Legal Aid Committee of the International Federation of Women Lawyers, Mrs. Oluronke Adeyemi.
Mrs. Adeyemi was represented by 29 lawyers led by the Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association, Ilorin branch, Mr. Rafiu Balogun. Bakare, however, was not represented by any counsel.
Adeyemi, in a direct complaint, told the court that she had on June 26 accompanied her client, the Elegosi of Egosiland, Oba Daniel Dada, to Bakare’s office as the monarch and some of his chiefs were invited by the police to a meeting based on a criminal complaint against them by one Kunle Ayodele.
Her statement, which was read by the court registrar, stated that Ayodele also came with his solicitor, Mr. Abiodun Dada, adding that as soon as they were ushered into Bakare’s office, the ACP demanded the identity of the people present.
The statement said, “That the accused person asked his officers who each person was. That Dada was introduced as the counsel for the complainant while she was introduced as the counsel to the Elegosi and his chiefs.
“Upon hearing this, the accused person flew into a violent rage using foul language on her, saying he would not tolerate the lawyer to the ‘suspects’ in his office.”
Adeyemi further said in the statement that an attempt to explain the rationale behind her presence to Bakare was met with more “foul and gutter language as the accused allegedly flew out of his chair and moved dangerously close to her, and allegedly raised his hand to slap her. She said she was protected by her clients, who quickly ushered her out of the office as the accused person allegedly continued to rail on her.
She also told the court that Bakare allegedly threatened to deal ruthlessly with her. But the policeman denied all the allegations and urged the court to grant him bail on self recognition. Olawoyin in her ruling, granted the accused bail on self recognition and adjourned the matter till August, 14 2013.