Four women and two men were docked in a Tinubu Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State for allegedly attacking, assaulting and blackmailing the popular Nollywood actress, Lizzy Anjorin-Lawal.
According to the Nigeria Police, the accused committed the offences on February 25, 2024 at about 1:30pm.
Qudus Jokogbola, Siri Olawale, Edu Shakirat, Fausat Mohammed, Kafayat Ahmed and Opere Morenike were charged with conspiracy, breach of peace and causing bodily harm.
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The Prosecutor, Inspector Samuel Ishola, told the court that the six defendants and two others at large committed the alleged offences at Oba Akintoye Market, Lagos Island, Lagos State.
Counsel to the defendants, S. Ade Oshodi and Ademola Olabiyi, announced their appearance for the defendants and nominal complainant’s lawyer respectively.
Prosecutor Ishola informed the court that the defendants and two others at large conspired among themselves and forcefully pushed and dragged the complainant, Anjorin-Lawal, causing her bodily injuries.
The prosecutor also told the court that the defendants’ actions caused a breach of public peace.
He told the court that the offences committed by the defendants contravened sections 168(d), 170(b) 411 and 413(2) of the criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.
Section 413(2) stipulates a two-year jail term for anyone found guilty of causing injury to a person or reputation of any person, or to depreciate the value of any person or property.
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Following their not guilty plea, Oshodi, who led six other lawyers, informed the court that all his clients were market men and women.
He therefore urged the court to admit them to bail in the most liberal terms.
Responding to the lawyer’s request, the prosecutor said granting of bail is at court’s discretion, but that they should be admitted to bail in terms and conditions that will ensure they come for their trial.
Magistrate A. A. Paul in his ruling admitted each of the defendants to bail in the sum of N200 000, with one surety in like sum
The Magistrate also ordered that the sureties must be residents of Lagos State with evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government among others.
Paul ordered that the defendants should be remanded in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Services until they perfect their bail terms.
The case has been adjourned until March 11, 2034 for mention.