The police in Lagos Wednesday arraigned a commercial motorcyclist (or okada rider in Nigerian parlance) before a Badagry (Lagos) Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly abducting an air force officer.

The 27-year-old man with no fixed residential address is facing a two-count charge of abduction and breach of peace.

Prosecutor Clément Okuoimose told the court that the defendant committed the offence on Aug. 9 in the Badagry area of Lagos around 9:40 at night.

Okuoimose alleged that the defendant abducted and took one Reuben Robinson of 653 Nigeria Air Force, Ahanve, Badagry, to an unknown destination without his consent.

The defendant conducted himself in a manner likely to cause breach of peace by taking the complainant, against his wish, to an unknown destination with his TVS motorcycle with registration number BDG 737 QP, the prosecutor added.

The offences, according to the prosecutor, contravened Sections 21 and 168 of the Criminal Law of Lagos, 2015.

But the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Chief Magistrate, Fadahunsi Adefioye, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N50, 000 with one surety in like sum, with a condition that the surety must be gainfully employed and has a tax address verification of at least two years.

The matter was adjourned until Sept.14 for mention.


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