John Iberebe, who led the prosecution, stated that the suspects, Sylvester Oche, 32, and Anthony Giobogunwre, 54, were part of a gang police tried to dislodge from a joint noted for malfeasances in the area. Iberebe said police officer Peter Oghogho,
leading his team, on 6 March, at about 12 p.m, raided the joint and arrested a man identified as Frank.
Consequent upon Frank’s arrest, his gang members regrouped to confront the policemen with the intent to forcefully liberate him. In the ensuing melee, the gang purportedly tore a police Inspector, James Omotayo’s uniform before fleeing the scene.
Police’s effort to get the gang members later yielded two arrests – Oche and Giobogunwre.
The prosecution averred that the suspect’s conduct for which they are slammed three charges contravened the Criminal Law of Lagos state.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges and were admitted to bail by Magistrate G. L. Hotepo.
The sum of N100,000 with two sureties, who must show evidence of three years tax payment and proofs
of their means of livelihood were the conditions of their bail. Hotepo, thereafter, adjourned the case till March 30, 2015 for further mention.