A septuagenarian traditional chief, who breached the rules of decorum of his office and threw punches at some men in the open, has been apprehended and brought to justice at a Lagos court.
The 74-year-old Badagry chief, Cowel Aivoji had stripped himself of the honour, insignia of office and engaged in the indecorous act of affray.
Aivoji was brought before the Chief Magistrates’ Court in Badagry on charges of fighting in the public and assault while the three others he engaged in a free-for-all are facing
charges of assault, theft and breach of public peace.
They are Mohammed, 61, Mohammed Modawa ,43, and Sewedo Hunpevi ,26.
The chief and other defendants allegedly committed the offences on Feb.10 at 4.00 p.m at Aivoji Sea Beach along Seme Border Road, Badagry.
According to the Police Prosecutor, ASP Clement Okuiomose, the 4th defendant (Hunpevi) stole three pieces of coconut, property of the 1st defendant (Aivoji) which triggered a fight.
He alleged that Hunpevi also assaulted the 3rd defendant (Modawa) at the scene.
The offences violated Sections 168, 172 and 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
They pleaded not guilty and were admitted to bails in self-recognition by Chief Magistrate Segun Aka-Bashorun.
April 27 has been fixed for the trial of the case.