A bus conductor, Ademola Segun, who allegedly stabbed a passenger with a broken bottle on his belly, was on Wednesday brought before a Badagry Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State.
The accused, 18, is facing a charge of assault.
The prosecution said the accused stabbed a passenger on the bus, Abraham Shedrack, with a broken bottle following an argument over fares.
Innocent Uko, a police inspector, told the court that the accused committed the offence on March 6 at Ajido Bus Stop in Badagry.
“The accused stabbed the passenger on the stomach during an argument between them over the fare to pay,” Mr. Uko said. “When the conductor asked the accused to pay his fare, the accused gave him a torn note which led to an argument between them. In the process, the accused took a bottle and stabbed the passenger on his stomach. The passenger is still on admission at a private hospital in Badagry.”
Mr. Uko noted that the offence contravened Section 171 of Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the offence.
The counsel to the accused, Bosipo Awuwu, pleaded with the court to grant him bail on liberal terms.
The magistrate, Abioldun Etti, in his ruling, granted the accused bail in the sum of N100,000 with a surety in like sum.
He said the surety must provide evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
Further hearing in the case has been fixed for May 4.