…As Bus conductor lands in court for allegedly punching policeman***
A Chief Magistrates’ Court in Akure, on Wednesday ordered that a dismissed soldier, Sunday Awolola, accused of raping a student of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA), be remanded in police custody pending bail application.
Awolola, a dismissed soldier attached to the 32 Artillery Brigade of the Nigeria Army, was alleged to have raped the student at a military checkpoint along Ikare Akoko-Akungba Akoko road on July 31, 2019.
Magistrate Mayowa Olanipekun, gave the order, following a prayer by defence counsel, Mr Kayode Idowu, seeking an adjournmen to enable him properly study the applications brought before the court by the prosecutor.
Olamipekun, agreed that there was need for the defence counsel to study the applications.
He held that the application brought before the court by the police to remand Awolola, has not been served on the counsel of the defendant.
The Magistrate advised that for proper hearing of the rape case to begin, the defendant must contact his lawyer in order to file a response to the application seeking his remand in prison custody.
Olanipekun, therefore adjourned the case until Friday .
Earlier, Insp. Adeoye Adesegun, prosecution counsel, told the court that the defendant raped a female student.
Adesegun, alleged that Awolola committed the offence on July 31 at about 6. 30 p.m. in Ikare- Akoko at a military checkpoint.
The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of Section 357 and is punishable under Section 358 of the Criminal Code Cape 37, Vol. 1 Laws of the Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006.
However, the defendant pleaded not guilty to the one-count charge of rape.
In the meantime, a bus conductor, Qudri Mustapha, who allegedly punched a policeman in the mouth on Wednesday appeared in an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court.
Mustapha, 25, who resides in Jakande area of Lagos, is charged with breach of peace and assault, to which he pleaded not guilty.
The Prosecution Counsel, Sgt. Ishola Samuel, told the court that Mustapha committed the offence on July 17, at 4 p.m. at Oshodi Bus-stop Inward Anthony Expressway, Lagos.
Samuel alleged that the defendant assaulted PCe Olumide Sonoiki, while performing his lawful duty
He alleged that Mustapha, who was causing obstruction by dropping-off passengers on the highway, punched Sonoiki when he confronted him and asked him to move his vehicle.
Samuel alleged that Sonoiki, sustained injury.
The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 168 and 174 of Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 .
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 174 provides a three-year jail term for assault and Section 168 provides a two-year jail term for convicts.
Magistrate F.O. Hughes admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N10,000 with one surety in like sum and adjourned the case until Sept. 9.