February 8, 2011 02:18AM
A 25-year-old man, Lateef Ahmed, was on Monday sentenced to three months imprisonment without an option of fine, for assaulting a commercial motorcyclist.
Mr Ahmed, a member of a group which called itself ‘Motorcycle Taskforce', was docked at the Somolu Magistrates Court, Lagos, for assaulting Ganiyu Lateef, a commercial motorcyclist. The convict pleaded guilty to the one-count charge of assault before the Magistrate B.O. Osunsanmi.
The prosecutor, Kolawole Olomi, said that the accused unlawfully assaulted Mr Lateef by stabbing him with a broken bottle on both arms, thereby causing him bodily harm. He told the court that Mr Ahmed belonged to a local task force that engaged in collecting money from commercial motorcyclists at parks.
He explained that the accused had on February 4 stopped the complainant at the park in order to collect the fee for the day's ticket but the latter refused to stop. "Ahmed later, in the evening, went to Lateef's house to demand for the money which the complainant failed to pay at the park, and this led to a fight," he said.
According to the prosecutor, the offence was committed on February 4 at Adewale Ayuba Street, Anthony Village. Lagos. He said the offence was contrary to and punishable under Section 355 of the Criminal Code Laws of Lagos State.