The police in Lagos on Thursday arraigned a 26-year-old man, Joshua Sale, before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court for allegedly impersonating an Air Force personnel and assaulting Bamidele Ohonyon, an Assistant Superintendent of Police.
The police charged Mr Sale, whose address was not provided, with assault and impersonation.
Mr Sale who had committed the offence on December 17 at Ogba Bus-Stop, Lagos, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge, according to the prosecution counsel, Mojirade Edeme.
Mr Edeme told the court that the defendant impersonated Air Force personnel and punched Mr Ohonyon who was performing his lawful duty.
The offence, Mr Edeme said, contravened the provisions of sections 174 and 380(1)of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
Magistrate I.O. Raji admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N20,000 with two sureties in like sum.
Raji ordered that the sureties must be gainfully employed and must show evidence of two years of tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
She adjourned the case until February 9 for mention.
Section 174 stipulates three years’ imprisonment for assaulting a police officer, while Section 380(1) attracts three years for impersonation.