Lagos Judge Sentences Woman to Seven Months in Prison for Assaulting Sanitation Officer

A 22-year-old woman was sentenced to prison for assaulting a sanitation official at the Ile-Epo bus stop on the Lagos-Abeokuta motorway.

According to reports, the woman, identified as Fasia Ajoke, assaulted the KAI officer after he advised her to use the pedestrian bridge at the bus stop, as required by Lagos law. The officer reportedly told the woman that crossing the road could have put her life in danger.

According to reports, when the KAI officer attempted to enforce the law by asking Ajoke to use the pedestrian bridge, she resisted arrest and then proceeded to assault the female officer.

The state Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, released a statement on his X handle on Thursday regarding the court ruling.

In addition to her assault of the officer, Commissioner Wahab noted that the woman was also found guilty of resisting arrest and refusing to use the pedestrian bridge, both of which are violations of state law. He stated that the woman’s actions were unacceptable and would not be tolerated by the government.

His post read, “The Special Offences Court at Bolade-Oshodi today convicted a lady, 22-year-old Fasia Ajoke to seven months and three weeks in jail for assaulting a female operative of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (KAI) #LAGESCOfficial on lawful duty, resisting lawful arrest and refusing to make use of the Ile-Epo pedestrian bridge, thereby endangering her life in the process.

“She was arraigned before Chief Magistrate S.A Adefioye of the Lagos State Special Offences (Mobile Court), Bolade-Oshodi on offences bordering on conducting herself in a manner likely to breach peace, obstruction and breach of peace by crossing the highway.”

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