Man unleashes dogs on policemen to evade arrest

The Lagos State Police Command has arraigned a man, Damian Kelikume, for allegedly locking himself inside his apartment and unleashing his dogs on detectives who came to arrest him, at No. 42 Nnamdi Azikiwe Road, Railway compound Ebute-Metta, Lagos State.

The 35-year-old was on Monday arraigned before Chief Magistrate A. O. Akinde of a Magistrates’ Court in Ebute Metta, on five counts of stealing, assault, causing bodily harm, trying to evade arrest, and releasing dogs on detectives.

Kelikume was said to have unleashed the dogs on the detectives who were at his residence on October 9, 2023, around 5.30pm to arrest him.

The defendant and his accomplices were accused of allegedly stealing an iPhone 11 Pro-max and cash belonging to one Peace Raphael, and of also assaulting the victim by tearing his clothes and causing him bodily harm.

The prosecutor, ASP Katuka Jibo, told the court that the offences contravened Sections 280, and 170, and are punishable under Sections 411, 287, 172, 54, and 117, of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria 2015.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The counsel for the defendant, Idris Tunde, prayed the court to grant him bail in the most liberal terms.

Following the defendant’s plea and the counsel’s prayer, the magistrate granted him (Kelikume) bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.

She adjourned the case till November 7, 2023, for mention.

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