A suspected criminal has been arraigned by operatives of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences Unit (Task Force) for stabbing an officer of the Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps, LNSC and his niece at Ilasamaja area of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.
The Chairman of the agency, Olayinka Egbeyemi said that preliminary investigation revealed that the suspected criminal stabbed the officer, Aderemo Ramoni and his niece, Adeyemi Ridwan with scissors at different spots on their head after he was caught scaling a fence into a neighbour’s compound at Fiditi Street, Ilasamaja, Lagos on 4 October, 2017.
According to Egbeyemi, when the officer could not only handled the suspected criminal after he was stabbed, he called his niece who supported him and took him to the nearest police station.
He noted that the synergy between the Nigerian Police and other security/enforcement officers of the State on curbing criminal activities had been yielding maximum cooperation across Lagos.
Egbeyemi enjoined members of the public to always give useful information on any noticeable criminal hideouts/activities around their area, adding that “when you see something say something”.
He, however, confirmed that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police Imohimi Edgar directed that the suspected criminal be charge to court after he was briefed about the incident.
He quoted the Commissioner of Police to have said “an Injury to any is injury to all”
The suspected criminal, Chigozie Okoro, 29, who hailed from Imo State in a confessional statement to the agency confirmed to have stabbed the officer and his niece with scissors when he was caught.
He, however, pleaded for leniency and promised never to indulge in any criminal acts again if pardoned by the government.
Dr. Fatai Musa of God Hope Medical Centre at No. 10 Bankole Street, Ilasamaja who treated the victims later referred them to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) for further examination on their heads due to complications over series of injury sustained.
Meanwhile, Okoro, who was arraigned on Friday at the Lagos State Mobile Court sitting in Oshodi pleaded not guilty to a 3-count charge of assault, breach of peace and obstructing of government official leveled against him.
Magistrate Tosin Ojuromi who presided over the case, however, granted the suspects bail in the sum N100,000 each with two sureties in like sum, who must be gainfully employed with evidence of tax payment.
Ojuromi included in her bail conditions that one of the sureties must be above 40 years of age and with a full size photograph.
The Prosecuting Counsel, Adedoyin Odukoya disclosed that seven witnesses appeared during the trial of the case.
The case was adjourned to 23 October, 2017 for further hearing.
Source: ( PM News )