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Police dock okada riders for assault

17 May 2013, 14:07

Abuja - Five commercial motorcyclists were on Friday docked at a Senor Magistrates' Court, Karu, Abuja, for allegedly assaulting a traffic warder.

The accused, Tijani Mohammed, Nasiru Sani, Mohammed Dahiru, Yahoo Abdulkareem and Ismaila Isa, were arraigned  on a three-count charge of joint act, criminal force and assault.

The accused, who represented themselves in the court, denied the charges.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Stephen Eimoga, said the accused attacked the warder,  Cpl. Umar Yahaya, attached to Karu Police Division while on duty.

He said the accused committed the offence on May 15 at the Nigerian Army Intelligence School Junction, Karu, where the victim was on duty.

According to him, Yahaya incured the wrath of the accused, when he apprehended one of them for carrying two passengers on his motorcycle against traffic regulations.

He told the court that the offences violated sections 263 and 264 of the Penal Code, which provided maximum term of three years imprisonment, option of fine or both, if found guilty

Following the not-guilty plea entered by the accused, the Senior Magistrate, Omolola Akindele, granted them bail for N50 000 and two sureties in like sum.

The sureties, she said, must be residents of Abuja, with traceable addresses.

He adjourned the case to May 27 for hearing.


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