A 48-year-old nurse, Oduwole Taiwo, who allegedly assaulted the workers of a commercial bus owned by the Lagos State Government –LAGBUS –after failing to pay the correct fare, is to remain behind bars, a court has ruled.
An Ogudu Magistrates’ Court, which gave the order, said the woman should be remanded in the Kirikiri prisons until her bail conditions were met.
The magistrate, Mrs. O. Sule-Amzat, had granted the accused bail in the sum of N20, 000 with one surety in like sum, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
Taiwo, who lives on Lucky Fiber Road, Ikorodu, had pleaded not guilty to two counts of disorderly conduct and assault occasioning harm.
The prosecutor, Sergeant Ihiehie Lucky, had told the court that the accused committed the offence on July 10, 2016, at Ketu bus stop.
He said there was an argument between the accused and a LAGBUS conductor over the fare.
According to the prosecutor, the accused boarded the bus from Ikorodu to Ojota at about 4.15pm, and was expected to pay N100 instead of the N50 she offered to pay.
“As the official was collecting money from other passengers, she got to the accused and she brought out N50 to pay instead of N100.
“The conductor became angry and threatened that she would not be allowed to disembark at her bus stop until she paid her bus fare.
“The driver tried to settle the matter, but to his dismay, the accused left the conductor and held the driver’s trousers while he was driving.
“The accused also unlawfully held the steering of the bus, causing the driver, Ogbogbo Gabriel, to lose control and in the process, the bus hit a BRT bus,’’ he told the court.
He said the offence contravened sections 166(1), (d) and 171 of The Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
NAN reports that Section 166(1) provides a fine of N15,000 or three months’ imprisonment or both for disorderly behaviour, while Section 171 stipulates three years’ imprisonment for assault occasioning harm.
The case was adjourned till September 20, 2016.