A 38-year-old man, Onoja Matthew, was on Tuesday arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court, Lagos, for allegedly battering an official of the State Security Service, Ngobiowei Awoikhega.

Awoikhega was said to have drawn the ire of Matthew when he allegedly brushed him with his car while driving through Keffi Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, on July 24.

It was alleged that Matthew chased Awoikhega with a motorcycle, caught up with him opposite Mopol 2 Barracks on Keffi Road, and beat him up.

Awoikhega, who is attached to the Department of State Security Service, Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, came to court on Tuesday with a swollen face and blood-shot eye.

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The charge sheet stated, “That you Onoja Matthew within the Lagos magisterial district did unlawfully assault Awoikhega by giving him fist blows on his left eye and mouth which caused him harm.”

Police prosecutor, Frank Inah, said the offence was punishable under Section 171 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.

Matthew was charged with one count of assault to which he pleaded not guilty.

Magistrate C.J Momodu admitted him to bail in the sum of N100, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

The sureties are expected to furnish the court with verifiable residential and office addresses.

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The case was adjourned till August 16 for further hearing.


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