On Friday, Nosimot Alalade, a 34-year-old woman, was brought before an Abeokuta Chief Magistrates’ Court in Isabo for allegedly assaulting a staff member of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC). The defendant, who resides at 5, Amadiya Street, Olomore area of Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, is facing a three-count charge of assault, conducting herself in a manner likely to cause breach of public peace, and acting in a manner to endanger the life of the complainant.
The prosecutor, Inspector Olaide Rawlings, informed the court that the incident occurred on April 12 at approximately 1 p.m. in Olomore area of Abeokuta. According to Rawlings, the defendant attacked Silas Olaleye while he was performing his lawful duties. She said that Olaleye and his team were assigned to Olomore area to conduct a routine check of IBEDC bills and meters. When they arrived at the defendant’s house, they asked for her bill and she was unable to provide it. Rawlings stated that when Olaleye began to climb the pole to disconnect the cable that carried light to the defendant’s house, she out of anger pushed the ladder he was mounting, causing him to fall and sustain an open injury on his right leg.
Rawlings said that the defendant’s actions contravened Sections 338, 343, 355 and 249 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ogun State, 2006. The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges. The Magistrate, Mrs M.O. Osinbajo, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N100,000 with one surety in like sum and adjourned the case till April 28 for trial.