There was mild drama at an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, yesterday when a man defecated in the dock.
Bernard Avekpon, 18, was arraigned by the police alongside 22 others before Mrs A.O. Ogunbowale, on three counts of conspiracy, unlawful possession of harmful objects and conduct likely to cause breach of peace, under Sections 409, 16(f)(d) and 133(b) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2011.
Just before proceedings, Avekpon, on the floor sweating and holding his stomach in discomfort, told the Investigating Police Officer (IPO) who brought all the defendants to court that he needed to use the toilet, but his request was denied.
The IPO said the case was about to be called, adding that if he took Avekpon to the restroom, there would be no one to secure the other defendants. He urged Avekpon to hold it in until after his arraignment.
But as soon as Avekpon and the other defendants entered the dock and the court registrar began reading the charge, a foul smell rent the air.
Holding their noses, a few people walked out of the courtroom and a counsel enquired about the source of the odour.
Avekpon owned up. “I shit,” he said.
He was led outside and the arraignment of the other defendants, Samuel Nnamdi 28, Emmanuel Shakiru 25, Okpe John, 26, Clement Ogar, 28, Donald Lowatur, 23 and Monday Mbang 21, continued.
Others include Matthew Sunday, 22, Francis Esthaphanus, 22, Kennis John, 26, Romero Dossu, 37, Makande Samson, 34, Utibe Sunday, 45, Dona Afonyo, 35, Rasheed Kogbe, 38, Adam Monda, 23, Glegbe Alfred, 27, Reuben Lo kosso, 26, Benjamin Nichodemus, 33, Edwe Gbovis 18, Samson Dimeji, 20, Augustine Okon, 32 and Adebayo Dauda, 26.
Prosecuting Sergeant Ajaga Agboko, told the court that the incident took place last September 17, at about 3:30pm at Otodo Gbame Community in Eti-Osa Local Government Area (LGA).
“The defendants were found having in their possession fetish charms and other harmful objects without any lawful or reasonable excuse,” Agboko said.
The defendants pleaded not guilty.
Magistrate Ogunbowale granted them N50,000 bail each with one surety each in the like sum and adjourned till October 6, for trial. The Nation