From Lucky Lawal Lagos
A Lagos based lawyer, Barrister Ajagba Stephen has been remanded at Kirikiri prison by the Magistrate,Mrs Owope of Court 5 Ogba for attacking a Policeman identified as Inspector Gbenga Daniel.
Barrister Stephen was docked on a 2 count charge of assault on a Police Officer and disorderly behaviour which according to the Prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent of Police, ASP Ayorinde contravene Section 168 (D) and 174 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.When the charges were read to the accused, he pleaded not guilty to the charges and he was granted bail in the sum of #200,000 with one surety who must be a resident in the State and also to show evidence of tax payment for the last two years.
The accused lawyer pleaded that he should be granted bail based on self recognition and the Magistrate said he has to deposit the originals of his primary school, secondary school, University, National Youth Service Corps Certificates and his original call up letter to thone Bar before he can be granted bail on self recognition.
He was sent to Kirikiri prison for not able to meet the bail conditions.
According to the information gathered by our correspondent, the trouble started with Barrister Ajaba when he went to Meran Police Station to bail one Stephen Emmanuel who stole the bag of a road safety officer in the premises of GT Bank and the bag contained a laptop, phones and some document successfully. Unknown to the suspect, he was captured by the CCTV in the bank.
Emmanuel was said to have come to the bank again to steal when he was arrested by the bank security and handed over to the Police at Meran Police Station where he confessed to the crime and took the Police to computer Village Ikeja where the receiver was arrested.
The road safety officer was said to have told the Police to hold on action concerning the case since a Naval Officer has called to plead on behalf of the suspect.
As soon as the lawyer came to the station, he started quarrelling with the Police for detaining the suspect for more than 24 hours without asking for the reason that lead to the detention and according to a source in the station, attempt to calm him down proved futile. His nuisance attitude according to eye witness prompted the Divisional Crime Officer, DCO to ordered that Inspector Gbenga Daniel to obtain his statement under caution and as he wanted to escape, the Inspector blocked him and he push the Inspector and started to hit him with blows, inflicting pains and injuries on the officer. The lawyer was subsequently arrested and charged to court.