A 25-year-old driver, Sodiq Olowolagba, who allegedly beat up and tore the hijab of a woman, was on Wednesday arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
Olowolagba, a resident of No. 37, Abarin St., Meiran, Lagos, is being tried on charges bordering on breach of peace, conspiracy and assault.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Clement Okuoimose, told the court that the accused committed the offenses on March 30 at Alakuko bus stop, Lagos.
He said that the accused and one other person still at large, conspired to beat up and strip naked one Miss Kafayat Rabiu.
Ikuoimose said that the complainant boarded the accused’s vehicle and along the road the accused stopped, saying he was no longer going to the complainant’s destination after collecting the fare.
“The accused conveyed the complainant from Ikeja to toll-gate and on getting to Alakuko, the accused with his conductor asked the complainant to come down that they cannot get to the last bus stop.
“The complainant asked the accused to either return her money or put her in another bus; and insisted she would not alight from the bus until she collects her money back, “ he said.
The prosecutor said that the accused and his conductor applied force to push the complainant out of the vehicle.
“The accused dragged the complainant from his vehicle and beat her up.
“He was not satisfied with the beating, he further tore her Muslim clothes into pieces, exposing her naked body to the public,’’ he said.
The offences, Ikuoimose said, contravened Sections 166, 171 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
Section 171 prescribes a three- year jail term as penalty for offenders.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the offenses and was granted bail in the sum of N100,000 with one surety in like sum.
The Magistrate, Mrs Y. Okusanya adjourned the case till April 24 for mention.
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