A mortuary director who allegedly beat up a photojournalist has been granted bail.By Ben Ezeamalu
A Lagos Magistrate Court sitting in Ikeja, on Friday, granted bail to a mortuary director after he pleaded not guilty to an incident in which he and others allegedly assaulted a photojournalist.
E.O. Ogunkanmi, the magistrate, fixed October 4 for the trial.
A director of TOS Funerals, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Bayo Ogunsola, along with his colleagues, allegedly inflicted “physical injuries” on Benedict Uwalaka of Leadership Newspapers.
They were also accused of destroying Mr. Uwalaka’s Nikon camera worth about N700,000.
On August 9, Mr. Uwalaka was beaten up after he was accused of taking photos of the dead, when relatives of the victims of the Dana Air crash came to the hospital to claim their corpses.
About five young men descended on him with punches and kicks, leaving the journalist with a bloodied face and clothes soaked with his blood.
Counsel to Mr. Ogunsola,29, Kunle Carew, urged the magistrate to grant his client bail on self-recognition.
The magistrate, granted the accused bail- not on self-recognition- in the sum of N100,000, with one surety who must be resident in Lagos.
The assault generated widespread condemnation, with the Lagos chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists organizing a protest march to the state governor’s office, calling for the prosecution of the culprits.