Man arraigned in court for stabbing para-military officer


A suspect, Chigozie Okoro has been arraigned in court by operatives of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences Unit (Task Force) for assaulting an officer of the Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps, Aderemo Ramoni and his sibling, Adeyemi Ridwan at Fiditi Street, Ilasamaja, Lagos.

He was arraigned Thursday at the Lagos State Mobile Court sitting at Oshodi and pleaded not guilty to a 3-count charge of assault, breach of peace and obstructing of government official levelled against him.

The suspect stabbed the two brothers with scissors at different spots on their heads after he was caught to have jumped a fence into a neighbour’s compound at Fiditi Street, Ilasamaja, Lagos on Wednesday.

According to a release from the task force, when the officer who was first attacked by the suspect could not handle him alone after he was stabbed he called his sibling who supported him and later took him to the nearest police station.

Magistrate Tosin Ojuromi who presided over the case however granted the suspected criminal bail conditions in the like sum of N100, 000 each with (2) responsible sureties who must be gainfully employed with evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

Magistrate Ojuromi included in her bail conditions that one of the surety must be above 40 years of age and with a full size photograph.

The prosecuting counsel, Barrister Adedoyin Odukoya disclosed that 7 witnesses appeared during the trial of the case.

The case has however been adjourned to 23rd of October, 2017 for further hearing.

Reacting to the arrest and arraignment, Chairman of the task force, Olayinka Egbeyemi, a Superintendent of Police disclosed that the synergy between the Nigerian Police and other security/enforcement officers of the State on curbing criminal activities is yielding maximum cooperation across Lagos.

He enjoined members of the public to always give useful information on any noticiable criminal hideouts/activities around their area “when you see something say something”.

Egbeyemi however, disclosed that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Imohimi Edgal directed that the suspected criminal be charged to court after he was briefed about the incident, saying an injury to one is an injury to all.

Okoro who is 29 and hails from Imo State in a confessional statement to the Agency confirmed to have stabbed the officer and his sibling 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.

Ramoni and Ridwan were treated at a Medical Centre and referred to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) for further examination due to complications over series of injury sustained in their heads.