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Newspaper vendors in court over alleged assault on colleague

13 September 2013, 21:00

Lagos - The police in Lagos on Friday arraigned two newspaper vendors, who allegedly assaulted their colleague after he prevented them from escaping with a stolen bundle of Vanguard newspaper.

Tonex Nwankwo, 53, and Akin Akinbunmi, 32, appeared before an Oshodi Magistrates' Court on a three-count charge of conspiracy, assault and stealing.

Nwankwo resides at No. 23, Abeni Bakare St., Mafoluku, Oshodi, Lagos, while Akinbunmi lives at No. 29, Alirat St., Oke-Odo, Lagos.

The prosecutor, Cpl. Kehinde Olatunde, told the court that the accused beat up the Chairman of the Newspaper Vendors’ Association, Oshodi Chapter, Albert Awe, and stabbed him with a broken bottle.

Olatunde said that the vendors committed the offences on July 3 at Moyosore Shopping Plaza, Bolade, Oshodi.

"They beat him and stabbed him with a broken bottle on the head," he submitted.

The prosecutor said that Awe saw the accused attempting to scale a fence with the bundle, and consequently pulled one of them down.

"Angrily, they descended on him," he said.

According to the prosecutor, the accused have been stealing newspapers on daily basis.

Olatunde said that the offences contravened Sections 171, 285 and 410 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty.

The Magistrate, Akeem Fashola, granted each of the accused bail in the sum of N20 000 with one surety in like sum, and adjourned the case till Oct.15 for mention.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 171 provides for three years imprisonment for assault occasioning harm, while Section 285 prescribes three years jail term for stealing.

Section 410 prescribes two years imprisonment for conspiracy.


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