The police at the Lambgasa division, Ajah, Lagos has arrested and charged one Lucky Okeke for allegedly beating up two policemen who had gone to arrest him for another offence.
The policemen who were assaulted by Okeke were corporals Abubakar Hussaini and Yusuf Olaitan, the Punch newspaper reports.
The policemen were said to have gone to arrest Okeke for assaulting one Funmi Dayafin, a resident of Assemblies of God Church Street, Badore.
According to the newspaper, the cops had gone to arrest Okeke after receiving complaints from Dayafin that Okeke, his friend, Kelvin Osayande, and others at large operated a smoking joint in the house she also lived in.
When the policemen tried to arrest Okeke he became violent and beat up the woman for reporting him to the police.
The policemen were said to have called for reinforcement and he was subsequently arrested.
“As he was being taken to the station in a police van, he descended on two of the policemen with fist blows.
“The officers had to persuade him before they got him arrested,” a police source said.
Dayafin, a teacher, said she had cautioned the suspects because her children, who normally play on the premises, might be influenced by the constant smoking, adding that she reported them to the police after her entreaties failed.
She said, “They smoke hemp on the premises early morning when my children leave for their school. They do same in the evening.
“I begged them to stop smoking because my children also complained the smell makes their stomachs rumble. I specifically talked to Lucky (Osayande) to stop inviting his friends to smoke in our compound.
“Three days before they were arrested, they deflated the tyres of my car for reporting them to the police.”
Okeke was arraigned before the Tinubu Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday by a police prosecutor, Inspector Philip Osijale, on four counts bordering on assault and conduct likely to cause breach of the peace.
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges and elected summary trial.
The presiding magistrate, Mrs. M.B. Folami, granted them bail in the sum of N200,000 with two gainfully employed sureties each in like sum.