Funny what went down in a courtroom yesterday, 20th September. An 18-year old defendant by name Avekpon Bernard, who was standing trial alongside 22 others, before an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court, Lagos, excreted in the dock, while the Court Registrar was reading the charge to the defendants.
The defendant, who was charged for conduct likely to cause breach of the peace of their neighbourhood, told the Investigating Police Officer, IPO, that he was pressed and wanted to use the toilet just before the court started sitting, but they refused to let him go, with the believe that he might run away.
Bernard started sweating profusely out of increased tension from the courtroom and his rumbling stomach. After a short period of enduring, the young lad decides to turn the courtroom into his toilet, thereby polluting the air and interrupting the court session.
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Following the embarrassing incident, the defendant was taken outside the court while his partners waited. The other defendants for the case are Samuel Nnamdi, 28; Emmanuel Shakiru, 25; Okpe John, 26; Clement Ogar, 28; Donald Lowatur, 23; Monday Mbang, 21; Matthew Sunday, 22; Fran-cis Esthaphanus, 22; Kennis John, 26; Romero Dossu, 37; Makande Samson, 34; Utibe Sunday, 45; Dona Afonyo, 35 and Rasheed Kogbe, 38. Others are Adam Monda, 23; Glegbe Alfred, 27; Rubben Lokosso, 26; Benjamin Nicodemus, 33; Edwe Gbovis, 18; Samson Dimeji, 20; Augustine Okon, 32 and Adebayo Dauda, 26.
According to the report by Vanguard, the arrested boys conspired with others, who are still at large, to commit the alleged offence. They all pleaded not guilty to the charge. The prosecutor, Sergeant Ajaga Agboko, told the court that the incident took place on September 17, at 3.30p.m., at Otodo Gbame Community in Eti-Osa Local Government Area of the state. However, the magistrate, Mrs A. Ogunbowale, granted the defendants bail in the sum of N50,000 each, with one surety each and the case was adjourned to October 6.