The Lagos State Government, on monday, arraigned the two suspects alleged to have assaulted and killed a Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) officer in Apapa on Saturday.
The suspects, Abdullahi Akere, 31, and Nurudeen Ogungbe, 41, were arraigned before a magistrate court sitting in Yaba, on a two-count charge of attack and murder of a law enforcement officer.
Both men had been detained since Saturday, having been picked up by the police after the attack which occurred at Sifax-Iganmu axis of Apapa at about 6pm.
The counts read: “That abdullahi Akere, Nurudeen Ogungbe and others now, at large, on 29th day of November, 2019, at about 1800hrs at Ijora-Badia, Lagos State in the Lagos Magistrate District, did conspire among yourself to commit felony to wit: murder; an offense punishable under section 233 of the criminal law of Lagos State.
“That Abdullahi Akere, Nurudeen Ogungbe and others now at large, on the same date, time and place in the aforementioned magistrate district, did kill one Ola Oyeshina, age – 40 years, by hitting him with stone on his head and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 222 and punishable under section 223 of the criminal law of Lagos State.”
After the prosecutor, Adegoke, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, had read the charge to them, they both pled not guilty.
The presiding magistrate, Mrs. Ayeye ordered the remand of both suspects in custody as she adjourned the matter till 28th of January, 2020.
The State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu had earlier visited relatives of the deceased and got wind of the arraignment. True to his non-tolerance for unlawful behaviour, he assured that the government would not condone any form of disobedience to the laws of the state.
He went on to warn that harsh punishment would await anyone who attacked men of the state’s law enforcement.
He said: “In the last 48 hours, we’ve had heavy brutality on men of LASTMA who were doing their work. We’ve had people whose legs have been amputated in the last 48 hours whilst on the assignment that was given to them to bring about enforcement of our laws and orders.”
He stated that the government would “thoroughly prosecute” the asrrested culprits to send a message to those who have a penchant for attacking law enforcement agents in the line of duty.