Driver, conductor docked for allegedly beating up LASTMA official


An Igboshere Magistrate has docked the duo of a commercial bus driver and his conductor who were alleged to have beaten up an official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency, LASTMA.

The defendants facing trial are Felix Okondo, 35, and Emeka Ohia, 27.

The defendants were docked before Magistrate A. O. Soladoye.

Messrs. Okondo and Ohia are facing a two count charge bordering on assault preferred against them by the police.

The prosecutor handling the case, Jimoh Joseph, disclosed to the court that the defendants who are the driver and conductor of a Volkswagen commercial ‎bus with reg No XV 923 JJJ, wilfully prevented one Surakat Raheem, an official of LASTMA, while he was acting in the execution of his lawful duties.

Mr. Jimoh, a police inspector, said that the defendants and other known friends of theirs who are still at large unlawfully assaulted Mr. Raheem by beating him up using an iron rod to strike his face as a result of which he sustained an injury on his face.

According to the prosecutor, the offences committed are punishable under Section 172 (c) and 171 of the criminal law of Lagos 2011.

However, the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge proffered against them.

The Magistrate ‎granted the defendants bail in the sum of N500,000 each with two sureties each in like sum.

She said that one of the sureties must be a civil servant grade level 12, and the other must be a blood relation who has a landed property in Egbeda area of Lagos State, with the Certificate of Occupancy to be verified by ‎the Lagos State ministry of land registry and their addresses verified.

Ms. Soladoye later adjourned the case to November 4.


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