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Man in court for setting police station on fire

The Lagos State Police Command, on Thursday, arraigned a 27-year-old man, Wasiu Akingbola, before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court sitting at Ogba for allegedly assaulting a policeman and setting a police station on fire.

Akingbola is facing a four-count of assault, arson, inflicting bodily harm and belonging to a secret cult.

The police prosecutor, Inspector Kokoye Olusegun, told the court that the defendant and others still at large committed the alleged offences on May 29, 2023.

He said the incident happened around 3am at the Oregun Police Post in the Oregun Ikeja area of Lagos.

Olusegun told the court that the defendant, along with about 15 hoodlums belonging to the Supreme Eiye Confraternity instigated the attack on the police post.

He said the defendant, along with his accomplices, demanded the officer on duty, Inspector Eche Emmanuel, to release one Inspector Kabiru for them but when they were told the officer was not stationed at the outpost, the hoodlums beat up the officer on duty, set the police outpost on fire and ran away.

The prosecutor further told the court that Akingbola was arrested at Alausa Police Station for another matter as he was recognised by the officer on duty at the Oregun outpost and the DPO was alerted.

According to him, the offences committed contravened Sections 411, 170, 173/174 (b), 341 (a), and 2(3)(a)(b)(c)(d) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria 2015.

The defendant’s plea was not taken by the Magistrate, Mrs Sakirat Obasa, who adjourned the case till September 25, 2023, for the Director of Public Prosecution’s advice.