August 18, 2022

Reporters’ Diary

Factual Reportage

Court rejects bail application of man who allegedly assaulted EKEDC staff

The Chief Magistrate Lazarus Hotepo of a Badagry Magistrates ‘Court on Wednesday refused the bail application of a 29-year-old man, Kazeem Ismaila allegedly charged for assaulting Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC)’s staff

The defendant, who was arraigned in June 25 on a three-count count charge of assault, breach of public peace and obstruction, had filed the bail application through his lawyer, Mr Ihazure Elushire.

Hotepo, while rejecting the bail application said the defendant should allow the Magistrate Folorunso Adefioye, who was currently on leave to return and continue the case.

The Magistrate adjourned the case until Aug.19, for hearing.

The defendant was on June 25 ordered to be remanded in in a correctional facility for allegedly pushing a staff of EKEDC.

The Prosecutor, ASP Clement Okouimose, had told the court that the defendant committed the offences on June 22, at about 3:00p.m. at No 42, Alhaji Jafani Street, Etegbin, Ajangbadi, area of Lagos.

Okouimose said the defendant pushed off, one Oketekun Olugbenga, EKEDC staff, from a ladder while performing his lawful duty.

The prosecutor said the defendant conducted himself in a manner likely to cause breach of public peace by pushing off the ladder of which Oketekun used to climb the electric pole while performing his duty.

He said the defendant also obstructed the EKEDC staff from performing his lawful duty. Okouimose said the offences contravened Sections 230, 168 and 112 of Criminal Law of Lagos.