A police sergeant attached to Zone D Command in Mushin, Ihuoma Njoku was battered while she went to a popular hotel to perform her lawful duty and attempted to arrest a sex worker in Lagos.
It was gathered that Ihuoma was attacked by a sex worker, a 25-year old Cherish John who tore her uniform and bathed her with a glass of beer she was drinking during the scuffle.
The incident happened at the popular Continental Hotel located at Papa Ajao area of Mushin where Miss John was looking for male customers.It was gathered that the suspect and other sex workers were angry that the police came to disrupt their businesses during the period they usually expected their clients in the evening. It was learnt that the police stormed the hotel to arrest the workers and they resisted.
However, the duty became messy after the victim was attacked and the police mobilised other officers who eventually arrested Miss John who was alleged to be behind the attack and detained her at the police station.
She was charged before Isolo Magistrates court for conspiracy to commit felony and assault.
She pleaded not guilty.
The prosecutor, Inspector Rita Momah did not object to her bail but asked the court to grant the suspect bail in such a way that she will be in court to face trial.
The Presiding Magistrate, Mrs. O.A. Adedayo granted her bail in the sum of N100,000 with one surety in like sum. She was remanded in prison custody pending when she will perfect her bail condition.
However, before the suspect was taken to prison she denied the allegation and saying that it was a minor disagreement but the police made up those allegations to rope her in to suffer.
She said that it was not that she loved what she was doing but he had no other work and they stayed at the hotel to hustle. She said the police never allowed them to rest despite the fact that the hotel management used to settle them on their behalf.