By Onozure Dania
Lagos—THREE men, who allegedly assaulted the executives of Aso Rock Community Development Association, CDA, and their security guard by stabbing them with broken bottles and inflicting injuries on their bodies, have been arraigned before an Ejigbo Chief Magistrate’s Court in Lagos.
The defendants are Oni Ayotunde 34; Osemedua Emmanuel, 32, and Prince Ifeanyi Osemedua 35.
They are facing a five-count charge bordering on conspiracy, assault, breach of peace and stealing preferred against them by the Police.
The prosecutor, Simon Peter, told the court that the defendants and five others, who are still at large, committed the offences on January 27, at about 7p.m. at Aso Rock Street Gate, Bucknor, Ejigbo.
He said the trio unlawfully assaulted the security man, Jubril Mohammed, by stabbing him with a broken bottle, thereby injuring his finger.
The prosecutor also alleged that Ayotunde, Emmanuel and Osemedua also unlawfully assaulted the association’s Chairman, Mr. Declan Umeokoro, by stabbing him with a broken bottle as he tried to rescue Mohammed.
He further told the court that the defendants stole N1.8 million belonging to Aso Rock Community.
The offences are punisha-ble under Sections 57, 173, 411 and 280 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.
He said: “The community is afraid that there could be further attacks on the residents as some of the suspects are at large.”
However, the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges when they were arraigned.
Consequently Magistrate, I. K. Layemi, granted the defendants bail in the sum of N300,000 each with two sureties each, who must present evidence of tax clearance and whose addresses must be verified.
The case was adjourned till March 14 for trial.