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Man In Court For Allegedly Assaulting Police Officer In Abuja

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A 27-year-old man, Emmanuel Okonkwo, on Wednesday was arraigned in a Grade I Area Court in Karu, Abuja for allegedly assaulting a police officer.

Okonkwo is facing four counts of assault on a public officer, mischief, obstruction of a public servant, and use of criminal force.

He, however, pleaded not guilty.

The prosecution counsel, A.O. Osho told the court that the accused, in committing the offences, tore Sergeant Ojoh Edwin’s shirt worth N4,500, damaged his wristwatch and broke his cellphone screen guard.

Osho said the defendant attacked the complainant, who was deployed to the Jikwoyi Police Divisional Headquarters, while he was performing his lawful duties and allowed a suspect to escape.

He said the defendant also maliciously conspired with a Keke rider after assaulting the police officer.

According to the prosecutor, the offences contravened sections 267, 194 and 327 of the Penal Code.

The Judge, Inuwa Maiwada, granted the defendant bail in the sum of 200,000 with one surety in like sum.

Maiwada said the surety must reside within the court’s jurisdiction, work as a civil servant, and must provide a statement of account, letter of first appointment, confirmation, letter of last promotion, and office Identity card.

He adjourned the case until September 27.