Loathsome odour filled an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court on Tuesady when an 18 years old suspect, Avekpon Benard, standing trial over conduct likely to cause breach of peace alongside 22 others excreted in the dock while the charge was being read to him by the court registrar.
It was gathered that shortly before the court commenced sitting, the suspect pleaded with the Investigating Police Officer (IPO) that he was pressed and wanted to use the toilet but his request was refused.
The IPO was said have told him that there was no way he would leave other 21 suspects and follow him to the toilet located at the ground floor of the court premises.
Benard(file image) who was sweating profusely and evidently couldn’t hold himself any longer excreted inside the court which was filled with foul smell.
When inquired what was happening the defendant said he has excreted, so he was taken outside the court.
The other defendants are Samuel Nnamdi 28, Emmanuel Shakiru 25, Okpe John 26, Clement Ogar 28, Donald Lowatur 23 Monday Mbang 21,Matthew Sunday 22 Francis Esthaphanus 22 Kennis John 26, Romero Dossu 37, Makande Samson 34, Utibe Sunday 45, Dona Afonyo 35 and Rasheed Kogbe 38.
Others are Adam Monda 23, Glegbe Alfred 27, Rubben Lokosso 26, Benjamin Nichodemus 33 Edwe Gbovis 18, Samson Dimeji 20, Augustine Okon 32 and Adebayo Dauda 26.
They were alleged to have conspired with others who are still at large to commit the alleged offence.
The prosecutor Sergeant Ajaga Agboko, told the that the incident took place on September 17, at about 3.30 pm at Otodo Gbame Community in Eti-Osa Local government area of Lagos State.
He said that the defendants conducted themselves in a manner likely to cause breach of peace.
Agboko said “the defendants were found having in their possession fetish charms and other harmful objects without any lawful or reasonable excuse.”
According to the prosecutor the offence committed is punishable under Sections 409, 16f (D) and 133 (b) criminal laws of Lagos State 2011.
The defendants who were standing trial on a three count charge bordering on conspiracy, breach of peace and unlawful possession of harmful objects, preferred against them by the police all pleaded not guilty to the charge.
However the Magistrate Mrs A. O Ogunbowale granted the defendants bail in the sum of N50, 000 each with one surety each in like sum.
She ordered that the sureties must be blood relations of the defendants and their addresses verified by the court.
The matter has been adjourned till October 6, for trial.