Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Palm wine seller beats up police


One Florence Samuel, on Friday, appeared before an Osun State Magistrates’ Court sitting in Osogbo for allegedly assaulting a police sergeant , Caroline Olaitan.

Florence , a 28- year- old palm wine seller at a shop located in the Balogun Agoro area of Osogbo , allegedly beat up the policewoman and resisted arrest when Caroline visited her pub following allegation that the sum of N 150, 000 belonging to a patron was missing .

The palm wine seller , who was arraigned on charges bordering on assault , a breach of the public peace , conspiracy and stealing , was allegedly with a customer , Ayodele Ogundipe , when another customer , Taiwo Yusuf , visited the pub on September 10, 2020, around 9. 45am , with the sum of N 150, 000, which eventually got missing .

She was arraigned alongside the 59-year- old Ogundipe .

The police prosecutor, Adeoye Kayode , explained that Florence assaulted Caroline by beating her and tearing her uniform, while the policewoman was performing her lawful duty .

The offences were said to be contrary to and punishable under sections 356, 249 ( D ) , 251, 516 and 390 ( 9) of the Criminal Code, Cap 34, Vol . II , Laws of Osun State of Nigeria , 2002.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Counsel for the defendants , Mr Najite Okobe , prayed the court to commit them to bail.

Adeoye, however , opposed the bail application , saying it would jeopardise evidence .

The presiding magistrate , Mr Adebayo Ajala , admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N 400, 000 each with one surety in like sum.

He adjourned the matter till October 13, 2020, for hearing.

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