Man arraigned in court for allegedly biting policeman

NEWS DIGEST–A 36-year-old tiler, Mafred Uchola, was on Monday brought before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly biting a police officer on lawful duty.
According to the Prosecutor, Insp. Aondohemba Koti, the accused committed the offence on Oct. 5 at Promiseland, Mushin in Lagos.
Koti said that the accused and others still at large conspired to assault one Insp. David Asaolu while he was performing his lawful duty.
“The accused, who is a member of unlawful society, beat the complainant and also inflicted injuries on his check by biting him,’’ he said.
Koti said that the police received a distress call on the activities of the accused, who displayed weeds suspected to be India hemp in the public and also constituting public nuisance.
“The complainant and his team stormed the scene, on sighting the policemen, the accused and his accomplices took to their heels.
“The accused was caught by the complainant, he assaulted the police officer in several ways in order to escape, but was overpowered by other policemen.
“A polythene bag containing a cutlass and weeds were recovered from him,’’ the prosecutor said.
The offences contravened Section 57, 173 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 173 carries three years jail term for assault, while section 411 attracts two years for conspiracy.
The accused, a resident of Mushin, however, pleaded innocence to the three- count charge of belonging to unlawful society, assault and conspiracy.
The Magistrate, Mrs M.O Tanimola, granted the accused bail of N100, 000 with one surety in the like sum.
Tanimola said that the surety must be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
The case was adjourned until November 19 for mention. (NAN)