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Commercial Driver (Danfo) ‘Punches’ Out LASTMA Official’s Tooth [PHOTO]

A 31-year-old commercial bus driver was yesterday charged before an Ejigbo Magistrates’ Court for allegedly battering a Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) officer while on duty.

The driver, Ikechukwu Chukwuemeka, and nine others now at large, allegedly assaulted Jinadu Bashiru and knocked off one of his teeth.

Chukuemeka pleaded not guilty.

The incident happened on Akowonjo road.

Chukwuemeka loaded his bus and allowed some passengers to hang on the door while he was driving.
Bashiru was said to have stopped Chukwuemeka to ask why he was contravening the law.
An angry Chukwuemeka reportedly got down, grabbed Bashiru and started beating him for “wasting his time”.
It was gathered that other suspects ‘at large’ also joined Chukwuemeka to beat Bashiru.
Police at Shasha division arrested Chukwuemeka, but at the station, he denied assaulting Bashiru and refused to produce the other suspects.

Magistrate J.O.E. Adeyemi granted him N100,000 bail with two sureties in the like sum.
He was remanded in prison custody at Kirikiri pending when he perfects his bail condition. The matter was adjourned till February 8.

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