Crime Watch

Man sent to jail for ‘assaulting’ police officer over refusal to pay for snack

An Ile-Ife Magistrates’ Court sitting in Osun State has remanded one Taofeek Ahmed for allegedly assaulting a police officer after failing to pay for doughnuts.

Osun state police arraigned the 27-year-old before Magistrate Abosede Sarumi on Wednesday, June 21.

The police prosecutor, Insp. Sunday Osanyintuyi, told the court that Ahmed committed the offences on June 19 around 4 p.m. at Sabo Market in Ile-Ife.

Osanyintuyi claimed that the defendant conducted himself in a manner likely to cause a breach of peace.

“The defendant bought doughnuts worth N1,000 from one Miss Mary Afolabi without paying her. He assaulted the 17-year-old by slapping her when she demanded payment for the doughnuts,” the prosecutor told the court.

The prosecutor further alleged that the defendant snatched a purse containing N6,500 from Afolabi.

He said the defendant resisted lawful arrest and assaulted the arresting officer, Sgt. Odusina Olawale on June 20, at 4:20 pm, at Sabo Market, Ile-Ife.

The defendant also allegedly assaulted another person, Alaba Afolabi, by hitting her with his head and injuring her in the right eye.

Osanyintuyi told the court that the offences contravened the provisions of the Criminal Code, Laws of Osun State, 2002.

The defendant, who did not have legal representation, however, pleaded not guilty to the six-count charge bordering on breach of peace, assault, snatching, and resisting arrest.

The Magistrate asked Ahmed to formally apply for bail and ordered that he be kept at the Ile-Ife custodial facility pending the outcome of his bail application.