A tricycle rider who appeared in a viral-video about seven months ago assaulting some officers of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRCS, has been sentenced to three months imprisonment.
Mr Adeshina Adeyemo had in July 2020, caused a dramatic display after stripping himself naked and attacked officers of the FRSC along the Benin Sapele road, Naija News understands.
Delivering judgment on Thursday, January 14, a Magistrate court sitting in Benin city, Edo state sentenced Adeyemo to 3-months imprison following a case suit by the FRSC spokesperson, Bisi Kazeem.
Naija News understands that Adeyemo was arraigned with a case file number MEV/117C/2020 before Senior Magistrate F. Ojehumen of the Evbuoriaria Magistrate Court B on a 2 count charge bordering on conducting himself in a manner likely to cause a breach of public peace and for maliciously damaging FRSC patrol vehicle during patrol operations along Sapele-Benin road on 16 July, 2020.
The magistrate today found the tricycle rider guilty; but in line with the 2019 sentencing guidelines, the Magistrate noted that he was entitled to Allocutus, as such, the sentence was mitigated.
A statement released by Kazeem reads in part: “On the first count charge, the accused is to pay the sum of #5000 or 1 month imprisonment, and #41,000 or 2 months imprisonment for the second charge and both sentence are to run concurrently. The Defendant who failed to meet the option of fine has been taken into custody at the Nigeria Correctional Service in Benin City.”
Kazeem noted that the matter which was first presented before His Worship on 22 July 2020 when the Defendant pleaded not guilty, witnessed over 4 subsequent appearances before it was finally adjourned on 19 October 2020 due to the EndSARS protest to 11 January 2021 when the verdict was pronounced.
Giving details of why Adeyemo was prosecuted, the FRSC spokesman said “the rider was apprehended for committing the offences of driving against traffic, driving without a valid drivers license and under the influence of alcohol, went berserk at the point of arrest, stripped himself naked, and started throwing obstacles on both personnel and the patrol vehicle and at some point, even dragged the patrol operatives in uniform.”
Kazeem said this act of incivility and disrespect to Public Officers saw him destroy the staff’s uniform and not only damaged the windscreen of the patrol car, but disfigured the bonnet and other body parts with mud and stone before he was finally arrested, detained in Etete Police Station before charging him to Court.
In another news, Naija News reports that a physically challenged man has been manhandled and brutally dealt with by some officers of the Nigeria Police Force in Ogun State.