Two teenagers, Abubakar Bello and Sikiru Bello, the two sons of a Superintendent of Police (SP), were yesterday arraigned at the Igbosere Magistrates’ Court, Lagos State for beating up two senior policemen with a belt.
Abubakar and Sikiru were said to have attacked a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), Onojaife Kent, and a Superintendent of Police (SP), Nwaimo Christopher, with a belt. According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the two boys, 16 and 19, are standing trial alongside a 33-yearold woman, Risikat Arowolo, on a two-count charge of conspiracy and assault. The police prosecutor, Sergeant Peace Chukwudi, told the court that the accused committed the offences on February 10 at Macarthy Police Barracks on Lagos Island.
Chukwudi explained that the trio conspired and assaulted the two police officers, who also live in the same police barracks with the accused. “The accused assaulted the officers by beating them with a belt and pushing them into drainage,” the prosecutor said.
The offences contravened Sections 172 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015. That Section 172 provides three years imprisonment for assaulting an officer, while Section 411 recommends a two-year jail term for conspiracy.
The two siblings pleaded not guilty. The magistrate, Mr. Patrick Adekomaiya, granted them bail in the sum of N50,000 each with one surety each in like sum. He said the sureties must produce their bank statements and evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State government as part of the bail conditions. The case was adjourned till March 14.
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