A commercial motorcyclist, Sanjo Somodiya, yesterday appeared before a Somolu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos charged with assaulting a policeman. Somodiya, 20, who is facing a one-count charge of assault, however, pleaded not guilty.
The police prosecutor, Mr Adegoke Akinlebi, told the court that the defendant, who resides at No. 42 Akinrinlo Street, Somolu, Lagos, committed the offence on Aug. 23. Akinlebi said Somodiya bit CPL Jimoh Omiyi on the chest, while resisting arrest following a raid on a ‘blackspot’ at Akinrinlo junction Somolu. According to the prosecutor, the raid by policemen at Akinrinlo junction followed a tip off by residents in the area.
“The accused was one of the many, who where smoking marijuana at the spot that night. The police caught him, and he attempted to free himself. He then assaulted the policeman, biting him on the chest and tearing his shirt,’’ he said.
According to the prosecutor, the offence contravened Section 172 of the Criminal Code Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The magistrate, Mrs Bola Osunsanmi, granted the defendant bail for N50,000 with one surety in like sum, and adjourned the case to Sept. 21.