A 28-year-old jobless woman, Temitope Abiodun, who allegedly bathed her neighbour with faeces, was, yesterday, in Lagos released on N100,000 bail. The accused, a resident of Agege, a Lagos suburb, is standing trial on charges of assault, breach of peace, and resisting Police arrest.
She, however, entered a ‘not-guilty’ plea. An Ikeja magistrate’s court, which gave the ruling, also asked the accused to produce two sureties as part of the bail conditions. The magistrate, Mr. J. A. Adigun, said the sureties must be gainfully employed and also show evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government. According to the Police prosecutor, Sergeant Godwin Awaze, the accused committed the offences on June 12 at their tenement building. He said the accused assaulted her co-tenant, Mrs Mercy Ifijah, by bathing her with faeces, noting that “the accused had a misunderstanding with one of her neighbours and in the process, she bathed the neighbour with faeces.” Awaze said the accused also conducted herself in a manner likely to cause a breach of the peace by stripping herself in the public to escape arrest. He added: “The accused resisted Sergeant Gabriel Ejiofor, a Police officer, while trying to arrest her; she removed her clothes and became naked to avoid being arrested.” The prosecutor said the accused, who was a member of a dreaded secret cult called Awawa, had been terrorising residents of the area. “She always brings her gang to threaten residents and also beat up the complainant,” he said. The offences contravened Sections 42, 166, 119 and 173 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015(Revised). Section 44 prescribes three years imprisonment for membership of an unlawful society, while Section 119 provides three years jail term for resisting arrest. The case was adjourned until July 3 for mention.