A Lagos-based parts dealer, Ebube Eddy, alias Bebex, was on Wednesday arraigned before a Lagos Magistrates’ Court in Ogba, for allegedly assaulting a housewife, Omolara James.
37-year-old Eddy was arraigned on a three-count charge before the magistrate, Mrs OA Odubayo, together with 27-year-old Ali Musa.
The police prosecutor, C. Olagbayi, told the court that the defendants committed the offense on April 20, 2023 at Mercedes Benz Line, Ladipo Market, Mushin, Lagos.
The charge read: “That you, Ebube Eddy and Ali Musa, on the 20th of April at about 8:00 p.m., at Mercedes Benz Line, Ladipo Market, Mushin Lagos, in Lagos Magisterial District, conspired among yourselves to commit the crime of: conduct likely to cause a breach of peace and assault thereby committing an offense punishable under section 411 of the Penal Code of Lagos State, 2015.
“That you, Ebube Eddy, on the same day, time and place in the aforesaid magisterial district behaved in a manner causing a breach of the peace by taking steps to assault one Omolara James, 26, by wanting to touch her breast. thereby committing an offense punishable under Section 168(d) of the Lagos Criminal Law, 2015.
“That you, Ali Musa, on the same day, time and place in the aforesaid judicial district, assaulted one Omolara James by striking her on the face, thereby committing an offense contrary to Section 170 and punishable under Section 172 of the Penal Code of Lagos State, 2015.”
The judge however granted them bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties.
However, she ordered that they be remanded in custody at a detention center pending when they will meet their bail conditions.
She then adjourned the case until May 15, 2023.
PUNCH Metro had on Wednesday reported that the state Commissioner of Police, Idowu Owohunwa, ordered that Eddy be immediately charged to court for allegedly assaulting James.
Owohunwa further removed the Mushin Divisional Police Officer for the sloppy way his men handled the matter when it was first reported at the station.
James, in a video that went viral on social media over the weekend, had accused Eddy of alleged harassment and assault.
She claimed that when she did not give in to his sexual demands, he allegedly ordered his boys to slap her.
However, she later released another video retracting her earlier claim. There were insinuations that she was pressured to withdraw, hence the CP’s decision to reopen and take over the case.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, Ben Hundeyin, had disclosed that based on the need to ensure justice, Owohunwa personally interviewed all parties in the case, including James, Eddy, their lawyers, the Landlords Association and community members among others.
At the end of the engagement, he said that the CP was convinced that Eddy had a case to answer and ordered his prosecution.