A 25-year-old sex worker, Anita Mbewu, who allegedly assaulted and tore uniform of a policeman, was on Tuesday charged before an Apapa Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
Mbewu, who resides at Ojo area of Lagos, is facing a two-count charge of assault and unlawful damage to properties.
The Prosecutor, Cpl. John Iberedem, told the court that the accused committed the offences on Aug. 24 at Katifa Hotel on Old Ojo Road, Kuje Amuwo, Lagos.
Iberedem said that the accused unlawfully assaulted and tore the uniform of ASP Michael Udoh, while he was executing his lawful duty.
“The complainant said he learnt that the commercial sex workers in the hotel usually hid hoodlums and criminals so he decided to lead a team to raid the hotel.
“While they were searching for the hoodlums, Udoh saw the accused smoking a cigarette in public and ordered her to put it out.
“She refused and the policeman attempted to remove it from her lips, but as he drew close to her, Mbewu just grabbed him and tore his uniform”, Iberedem stated.
The offences committed, he said, contravened provisions of Section 172 and 348 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
Section 172 prescribes three years imprisonment for serious assault, while Section 348 stipulates two-year jail term for unlawful damage.
However, the accused pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Senior Magistrate, Mr Patrick Adekomaiya, granted the accused bail in the sum of N10, 000 with one surety in like sum and adjourned the case till September 15 for trial.