Two unemployed men who allegedly assaulted mobile policemen and security guards at a bank were on Tuesday in Lagos granted N50,000 bail each by a Magistrates’ Court in Ojo, Lagos.
The accused, Yohanna Zira, 22, and Sebastian Clement, 20, who both reside at Apapa, a suburb of Lagos, are facing three-count charge of conspiracy, breach of the peace and assault.
The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The court also asked the accused to produce one surety each as part of the bail conditions.
According to Magistrate A. A. Paul, the sureties must be gainfully employed and should show evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Simon Uche, told the court that the accused committed the offences on Oct. 21 at Diamond Bank at Amuwo Odofin, Lagos.
Uche said that the accused persons and others, now at large, assaulted the mobile policemen and security guards working for Diamond Bank by beating them and throwing stones at them while performing their duties.
The prosecutor said that the accused persons were acting in suspicious manner when one of the security guards at the bank asked them to leave the premises.
Uche said the accused persons, who felt insulted by what the security guard had done, gathered other touts around the area to assault the mobile policemen and security guards at the bank.
“The complainants said that the accused conducted themselves in a manner likely to cause breach of peace by gathering a mob to throw stones at them and also beat them up.
“They said Zira and Clement were apprehended and taken to the police station, while their accomplices escaped,” he said.
Uche said that the offences contravened Sections 166, 171 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
Section 171 prescribes three years imprisonment for assault occasioning harm.
The magistrate adjourned the case to Feb. 7, 2017 for trial.