27-year-old Man Arraigned in Court for Allegedly Setting Fire To Police Station In Lagos state.
In a significant legal development, the Lagos State Police Command brought a 27-year-old man, identified as Wasiu Akingbola, before the Ikeja Magistrates’ Court situated in Ogba on Thursday. The charges levied against him include allegations of assaulting a law enforcement officer and orchestrating the destruction of a police station.Akingbola faces a comprehensive four-count indictment encompassing charges of assault, arson, causing bodily harm, and affiliation with a covert organization. The proceedings, presided over by Magistrate Sakirat Obasa, were initiated by Inspector Kokoye Olusegun, the police prosecutor.As per Inspector Olusegun’s detailed account, the incident unfolded during the early hours of May 29, 2023, at the Oregun Police Post, located within the Oregun Ikeja district of Lagos. Akingbola, along with an alleged cohort of approximately 15 individuals purportedly associated with the Supreme Eiye Confraternity, is said to have masterminded an assault on the police post.During the course of the alleged attack, Akingbola and his alleged associates are reported to have demanded the release of Inspector Kabiru from the custody of the officer on duty, Inspector Eche Emmanuel. When informed that Inspector Kabiru was not present at the outpost, the group purportedly engaged in a violent confrontation with the on-duty officer. Subsequently, they set the police outpost ablaze before making a swift getaway from the scene.In an unexpected twist, Akingbola’s subsequent apprehension took place at Alausa Police Station on an unrelated matter. The arresting officer at the Oregun outpost recognized him, leading to a prompt alert to the Divisional Police Officer (DPO).Inspector Olusegun emphasized that the alleged actions of Akingbola and his alleged accomplices violate several sections of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria 2015, including Sections 411, 170, 173/174 (b), 341 (a), and 2(3)(a)(b)(c)(d). The Magistrate, Mrs Sakirat Obasa, refrained from taking the defendant’s plea, instead adjourning the case until September 25, 2023. This adjournment is intended to allow for the Director of Public Prosecution’s assessment and guidance on the matter. This development underscores the seriousness with which the legal system approaches cases involving attacks on law enforcement officials and public institutions.