Pakistan citizen charged to court for assaulting Nigerian woman 

Yusuf Mohammed 

A Pakistan citizen, Muhammed Zubair has been arraigned before Magistrate K.A. Ariyo at court 10 Samuel Ilori Court House Ogba, Lagos State, for assault. 

Zubair is standing trial for attacking Mrs. Nnaemeka Kofoworola on 17 December, 2021 at 7/11 Egbe Road, Ikotun.

In a petition written by Mrs. Nnaemeka Kofoworola dated 21 December, 2021 to the Lagos State Commissioner of Police (CP) the petitioner alleged that the accused has been bullying and calling her unprintable names which she had been enduring over the year, and then he physically assaulted her for daring to talk back at him.

On receipt of the petition, the CP directed Human Rights Resource Centre Lagos State Police Command to investigate the allegation which took nearly three months for the investigation to be concluded and the CP upon findings directed that Muhammed Zubair be charged to court.

The Prosecutor, Inspector Christopher John told the court that the offence is contrary to section 171 (2) and punishable under section 172 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria 2015.

The one count charge reads in part: “that you Muhammed Zubair “M” on 17th December 2021 at about 1430hrs at No. 7/11 Egbe Road, Ikotun Lagos, in Lagos Magisterial District did unlawfully assault one Mrs. Nnaemeka Kofoworola ‘F’ by throwing fishing line plastic to hit her right hand and thereby committed an offence.”

When the charge was read to the accused, he pleaded not guilty and the presiding magistrate admitted him on bail with N100,000.00 and two sureties whose address must be verified by the court.

The case was adjourned to 26 April, 2022. 

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