Palm wine seller beats up policewoman over missing N150,000

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Emeh Joy

A woman identified as Florence Samuel has appeared before an Osun State Magistrates' Court sitting in Osogbo for the alleged crime of assaulting a police sergeant, Caroline Olaitan.

It was reported that Florence, who is a 28-year-old palm wine seller at a shop located in the Balogun Agoro area of Osogbo allegedly beat up the policewoman.

According to the story, she resisted arrest when Caroline visited her pub following an allegation that the sum of N150,000 belonging to a patron was missing from the pub.

The palm wine seller was said to be with a customer, Ayodele Ogundipe, when another customer, Taiwo Yusuf walked into the pub on September 10, 2020, bearing the sum of N150,000 which allegedly went missing.

The palm wine seller was arraigned on charges bordering assault, a breach of the public peace, conspiracy and stealing, alongside the 59-year-old Ogundipe.

The police prosecutor, Adeoye Kayode, explained that Florence assaulted Caroline by beating and tearing up her uniform while the policewoman was only trying to carry out her lawful duty.

The offences were cited to be contrary to and punishable under sections 356, 249 (D), 251, 516 and 390 (9) of the Criminal Code, Cap 34, Vol. II Laws of Osun State of Nigeria, 2002.

The defendants had pleaded not guilty to the charges whilst the counsel for the defendants, Mr Najite Okobe, prayed the court to commit them bail. Adeoye, however, opposed the bail application, saying that it would jeopardise evidence.

The presiding magistrate, Mr Adebayo Ajala went ahead to admit the defendants to bail in the sum of N400,000 each while adjourning the case till October 13, 2020, for hearing.

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