There was a drama in Osogbo, Osun State capital as three lawyers flee in the Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday after an accused arraigned for assault suddenly coughed while his charge was being read.
Three lawyers that sat in front of the accused, identified as Ige, hurriedly moved away their chairs.
Magistrate Olusegun Ayilara told the accused that in spite of his cough the session would not stop.
Ige was arraigned alongside Rasaq Sunday, Wasiu Adeyanju and Samson Ogunleye.
The trio was said to have on April 6, 2020 on Olugun Street, Osogbo, conspired to commit assault occasioning harm – an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 516 of criminal code cap 34 Vol. Il, Laws of Osun State of Nigeria 2002.
It was learnt that the accused were said to have used broken bottles, scissors, and cutlass to inflict injury on the left hand of one Lateef Kareem.
Rasaq Olayiwola announced appearance for the prosecution.
The accused, who had no legal representation, pleaded not guilty to the two counts of assault pressed against them.
Magistrate, Ayilara, admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N200, 000 with one surety each. He then adjourned the matter till May 13 for mention.
Meanwhile, Ekiti state governor Kayode Fayemi has relaxed the lockdown imposed on the state by giving a directive that citizens are allowed to go about their normal activities between 6 am and 2 pm on Thursday April 16 to restock and undertake economic pursuits that would keep their households till the curfew will be lifted.
The governor had on April 13 has extended 14 days lockdown as part of measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the Ekiti state.