An Ado Ekiti Chief Magistrate’s Court has remanded a 33-year-old man, Imole Emmanuel, in prison custody for allegedly pouring hot soup on a police corporal, Kayode Akingbade. Emmanuel was arraigned on counts of assault and conduct likely to cause a breach of the public peace.
It was learnt that he also attempted to snatch the corporal’s rifle. A team of policemen was said to be on surveillance around the Baptist College, Ilawe Road, when one of them asked the suspect to leave the area in order for them to carry out their operation.
Akingbade was said to have gone to a canteen to eat about 30 minutes later only for the suspect to trace him there and pour hot soup on him.
At the sitting held on Monday, the police prosecutor, Bankole Olasunkanmi, prayed the court for a short adjournment to enable him to study the case file and assemble his witnesses. Moving a bail application, the defence counsel, Gbenga Alabadan, urged the court to grant the accused person bail, saying that he remained innocent until the contrary was proved in court. But the Chief Magistrate, Idowu Ayenimo, said the defence did not justify the bail application.
Ayenimo thereafter ordered the defence to approach the court with a written bail application for the accused. He ordered the accused to be remanded in prison custody and adjourned the case till July 7.
The charge sheet partly reads, “That you, Emmanuel Imole, on June 13, 2016, at about 5.30pm at Baptist junction, Ilawe Road, Ado Ekiti, in the Ado Ekiti Magisterial District, did threaten with violence, one Corporal Kayode Akingbade attached to the New Iyin Road Police Station, Ado Ekiti, by pouring hot stew on his face and police uniform before trying to struggle for his rifle, thereby committing an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 86 (1) of the Criminal Code Cap C16 Vol. 1, Laws of Ekiti State of Nigeria 2012.
“That you, Emmanuel Imole, on the same date, time and place in the aforesaid magisterial district, did conduct yourself in a manner likely to cause a breach of the peace by pouring hot stew on Akingbade’s face and his police uniform, thereby committing an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 249 (d) of the Criminal Code Cap C16 Vol. 1, Laws of Ekiti State Nigeria 2012.”