An Oredo Magistrates’ Court in Benin City, Edo State, on Wednesday remanded a traffic warden, Felix Osabohen, 28, for allegedly fighting a police officer.
The Magistrate, Mr Osamudiamen Afe, said that Osabohen, a council traffic warden, had no jurisdiction to arrest but to control and ensure free flow of traffic when necessary.
“There was no training or law guiding the accused to contravene or stop vehicle, even though he is to control traffic.
“The accused who stopped a driver at the middle of the road and caused traffic obstruction of traffic has committed an offence.
“And for the accused to fight the police officer who now allowed the driver to go, to avoid traffic jam is another offence.”
Afe, consequently, remanded the accused in prison custody.
Counsel to the accused, Miss Victoria Akpoakhere, pleaded with the court to grant bail to her client on liberal terms.
Earlier, the Prosecutor, Insp. Violet Soyemi, told the court that on March 28, the accused beat up a police officer, Mr Innocent Irivboje, attached to Oba Market Police Station at Ibewe Junction.
Soyemi said that the accused beat up and tore the officer’s shirt when the officer ordered the vehicle that was contravened by the accused to go.
She said that the offence contravened Sections 356(2) and 451 of the Criminal Code.
He said that the accused was facing a two-count charge of assault and malicious damage.
Osabohen pleaded not guilty to the offences.
If found guilty of Section 356 and 451, the accused is liable to imprisonment for three years and two years’ imprisonment, respectively.
The case was adjourned till April 7.