It has been reported that a taxi driver in Abuja, Gambo Mohammed, was on Friday arraigned in a Karmo Grade I Area Court for allegedly beating up a policewoman during an argument over cab fare. The 39-year-old resident of Jabi, Abuja, pleaded not guilty to two counts of criminal force and assault leveled on him by the police.
Prosecutor Ijeoma Ukagha told the court that one Inspector Grace Damion of 40 Police Mobile Force Abuja reported the incident at the Utako police station on March 10.
The complainant was said to have boarded Mohammed’s taxi from Dunamis Junction to Jabi on that fateful day. Ukagha said Mohammed did not respond when asked how much the fare would cost until an argument ensued between them, prompting Mohammed to give the policewoman a punch in the face.
The offence, Ukagha said, contravened the provisions of Section 264 of the Penal Code. Mohammed was admitted to bail in the sum of N50, 000 with one surety in like sum. The judge, Inuwa Maiwada, adjourned the case until April 15 for hearing.
It would be recalled that early this year, policemen attached to Itire Police Station have arrested a young man simply identified as Samson Aghedo, for allegedly beating up a policewoman in the area. The policewoman had allegedly gone to affect the arrest of the suspect at 32 Ola Street, Itire Lagos where the Aghedo resided over an undisclosed offence when she was attacked.
It was alleged that the suspect who had first refused to follow the policewoman, resulted to violence when the policewoman insisted that she was not leaving without the suspect. An argument which later degenerated into pushing and pulling later ensued between the detective and the suspect
It was gathered that the suspect became violent during which he allegedly tore her cloth. Angered by the suspect’s action, the policeman went back to the station for reinforcement. It was also learnt that aside the torn uniform, the policewoman sustained serious injuries during the attack
The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) then mobilised his men who went to arrest Aghedo and eventually detained him. At the station, Aghedo denied assaulting and tearing her clothes but could not explain what happened to her clothes. He was subsequently charged before Isolo Magistrates Court for assault. He pleaded not guilty
The presiding Magistrate, Mrs. O. Teluo granted him bail in the sum of N50,000 with one surety in like sum. He was remanded in prison custody pending when he will perfect his bail condition while the matter was adjourned till February 5, 2018.
Source: Qed.ng/Daily Trust