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Yinka Adewusi, a businesswoman, has been dragged to court.
The woman was brought before a Chief Magistrate’s Court in Ota, Ogun State, for allegedly slapping a police sergeant
, Josephine Makinde.
According to Punch Metro, Adewusi reportedly slapped Josephine, who is attached to the Onipanu Police Division, while she was being interrogated in respect of a case
of stealing and burglary reported by one Bidemi Balogun.
It was learnt that Balogun, a resident of Mother Joy College Road, Ewupe, Ota, had reported to the police that some miscreants burgled her warehouse
in the Fowobi area of Ota on Tuesday and made away with jerrycans of vegetable oil and bags of rice worth N469,000.
Punch Metro reports that detectives, who visited the warehouse, recovered a mobile phone. Further investigation was said to have indicted Adewusi, and she was invited to the station.
“The complainant said 10 jerrycans of 25 litres vegetable oil valued at N140,000 and 21 bags of rice worth N329,000 were stolen from the warehouse. She shares the warehouse with other traders in the community,” a police source said.
According to the police, the suspect reportedly admitted entering the warehouse around 4.30am on the day to pack some goods
she bought and kept therein the previous day from one Tinuke, but insisted that she met it burgled.
“During the interrogation, the suspect said the warehouse was already broken into when she got there. The Investigating Police Officer (Makinde), asked her why she came at that time to convey the goods when she knew the owners of the warehouse would not be around. She became angry and slapped the IPO,”
the source added.
The suspect was subsequently arraigned in Ota Magistrate’s Court on one count of assault.
The charge read, “That you, Adewusi Yinka, on December 13, 2016, at about 11.40am at the Onipanu Police Station, in the Ota Magisterial District, did slap one Sergeant Josephine Makinde while she was on lawful duty, thereby committing an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 356 of the Criminal Code, Vol. 1, Law of Ogun State of Nigeria, 2016.”
The accused pleaded not guilty and elected summary trial
The presiding magistrate, Mrs. Adeola Adelaja, granted her bail in the sum of N100,000.
Adjourning the case till February 6, 2017, the magistrate held that Adewusi should be kept in prison pending when her bail conditions would be perfected.