Lagos State police has arrested a 50-year old unemployed man, Bukola Okeowo, who was reported to have beaten up an Assistant Superintendent of Police, ASP Joshua Ogwo, attached to the Force Central Criminal Registry, Alagbon. In addition to the beating, it was also alleged that the suspect together with his accomplices at large stole a mobile phone and N10,000 cash which belongs to the cop.
According to Punch report of the incident, the ASP was walking along Marina Road around 5.30am on Saturday, May 14, when Okeowo and his gang members reportedly attacked the officer and dispossessed him of his valuables.
As soon as the culprits ran away from the scene, Ogwo drew the attention of some policemen on patrol around the area, who gave the suspects a chase, resulting to the arrest of Okeowo from where he was hiding under a bridge on the highway while his accomplices were on the run.
In his statement, according to the police, the Ogun State indigene had confessed to the crime and had provided useful information to ensure the arrest of the fleeing suspects. He was on Tuesday,was arraigned before Mrs. A. O. J. Adepeju oF Igbosere Magistrate’s Court by a police prosecutor, Sergeant Nicholas Akpene, on a three count charge of conspiracy, stealing and assault. The offences contravened sections 173, 285 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. The charges read in part:
“That you, Bukola Okeowo, and others now at large, on May 14, 2016, at about 5.45 am, on Marina Expressway, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did assault one ASP Joshua Ogwo, attached to the Force Criminal Registry, CID Annex, Alagbon, by giving him fist blows all over his body, thereby committing an offence, punishable under Section 173 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
“That you, and others at large, on the same date, time and place, in the aforementioned magisterial district, did steal sum of N10,000 and one Samsung Galaxy phone valued at N15,000 – all valued at N25,000, property of ASP Joshua Ogwo, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.”
The defendant pleaded guilty to the charges before the presiding magistrate, Mrs. A. O. Adepeju, who adjourned the case till May 19 for facts and sentencing.