Three men allegedly assaulted a police officer in Akute area of Lagos State as he attempted to book them for traffic offence.
The incident happened on November 30.
The accused – Ahmed Olaiya, 19; Nurudeen Alarape, 25; and Sodiq Adesinan — all residents of Akute end of Lagos State, are facing two counts of assault and conspiracy.
They appeared on Thursday in an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court, Lagos.
The prosecutor, Inspector Victor Eruada, told court that the accused committed the offences on November 30 at Olowora Junction, Isheri Road, a border town between Lagos and Ogun states.
Eruada said the accused beat up one Inspector Sunday Adu, who tried to arrest them for a traffic offence.
“The accused and his accomplices descended on him and beat him to a pulp,’’ he said.
The prosecutor said the offences contravened Sections 172 and 411 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 172 prescribes a three-year jail term for assault, while Section 411 provides two years for conspiracy.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Magistrate, Mrs. G.O. Anifowoshe, granted the accused bail in the sum of N20,000 with two sureties in like sum.
Anifowoshe said the sureties should be gainfully employed and should show evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
He adjourned the case until January 17, 2018 for mention.