By Sade Adewale, Ondo
Three women have been remanded by an Ondo Magistrates’ Court for unlawfully preventing a police officer, Sgt Akao Moremi and his team from performing their lawful duty.
The defendants; Veronica Akinbobola, 76, Toyin Akinwale, 25, and Olakintan Amigun, 28, were alleged to have beaten the officers which caused them injuries on their bodies.
The police arraigned the defendants for unlawfully obstructing the police officers while carrying out their lawful duties on February 14,2022 at No. 6, Akinbobola Street, Iluyemi, Ondo.
The offence is contrary to and punishable under Sections 516, 356(1) and 356(2) of the Criminal Code Cap 37 Volume 1 Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006.
The defendants, who are facing a three-count charge bothering on conspiracy and obstruction, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against them.
The police prosecutor, Benard Olagbayi, explained to the court that the first defendant bit one of the officers, fought them and allowed the person they wanted to arrest escaped through the window.
He further told the court that he would be calling three witnesses to testify in the case, while he applied for a date to enable him study the case file and amend the charge on the adjourned date.
Lawyer for the defendant, Barrister O.O Onipe, applied for the bail of his clients in most liberal terms.
The presiding Magistrate, Mrs Charity Adeyanju, refused the bail application of the second and third defendants.
She, however considered the age of the first defendant and granted her bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.
Adeyanju adjourned the case till February 21, 2022, for bail consideration and trial.