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Palm wine seller beats up police officer over missing N150,000

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A Nigerian woman, Florence Samuel has been arraigned before an Osun State Magistrates’ Court sitting in Osogbo for allegedly assaulting a police sergeant, Caroline Olaitan.

28-year-old Florence, a palm wine seller at a shop located in the Balogun Agoro area of Osogbo in Lagos state, allegedly beat up the policewoman and resisted arrest when Caroline visited her shop following allegation that the sum of 150,000 naira belonging to a patron was missing.

The palm wine seller, who was arraigned on charges of assault, breach of the public peace, conspiracy and stealing, was allegedly with a customer, Ayodele Ogundipe, when another customer, Taiwo Yusuf, visited the shop on September 10, 2020, around 9.45am, with the sum of N150, 000, which eventually got missing.

Florence was arraigned alongside the 59-year-old Ogundipe.

Adeoye Kayode, the police prosecutor, explained that the palm wine seller assaulted the policewoman by beating her and tearing her uniform, while the officer was performing her lawful duty.

The offences were said 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 pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Najite Okobe, Counsel for the defendants prayed the court to commit them to bail.


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