Mechanic, 22, docked for allegedly slapping INEC staff

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LAGOS – A 22-year-old mechanic, Saheed Ogunbanwo, who allegedly slapped a staff of Independent National Electoral Commission, was on Monday arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
Ogunbanwo, who resides at No. 22, Isale Ebute St., Addo Langbasa, Ajah, Lagos, is standing trial on two-count charge of conspiracy and assault.
The prosecutor, Sgt. Emmanuel Ajayi, told the court that the accused and one other at large, committed the offence on Dec. 8, at 2 p.m., at Addo Primary School, Langbasa, Ajah.
Ajayi said that the accused slapped one Miss Judith Ohagwu, an INEC officer, while she was performing her official duty.
He alleged that the accused jumped the queue during voters’ registration but refused to be cautioned.
Ajayi said that the offence contravened Section 172 (e) and 409 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos, 2011.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Section 172 (e) provides that “any person who assaults any person on account of any act done by him in the execution of any duty imposed on him by law, is guilty of a felony, and liable to three years imprisonment.’’
Counsel to the accused, Mr Emmanuel Banny, urged the court to admit the accused to bail on liberal terms.
Magistrate A. A. Famobiwo, granted him bail in the sum of N50, 000 with one surety in like sum.
Famobiwo adjourned the case till Dec. 17, for mention. (NAN)

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