A police inspector, Felix Ugolo, on Thursday appeared before an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State, charged with manslaughter.
Ugolo, 54, whose address is unknown, is facing a charge of manslaughter.
The prosecutor, Inspector Richard Odigie, told the court that the offence was committed on June 27, 2012 at Adewale Street, FIBA new site, Isashi, off Lagos-Badagry Expressway.
Odigie said the policeman was on duty when the deceased, Sunday Okoli, 45, a motorcyclist, was arrested for riding on the highway.
He added: “The deceased was put in the police van, but the deceased struggled with the accused in an attempt to get off the vehicle.
“Unfortunately, the accused mistakenly pushed the deceased off the moving vehicle.
“The accused was arrested by his colleague and had been in police custody for over two years.”
According to him, the offence contravenes Section 222 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Chief Magistrate, S.O. Solebo, granted the accused bail in the sum of N200,000, with two sureties in like sum.
Further hearing in the case has been adjourned to March 12.