By Milcah Tanimu
Marcus Olasege, a 52-year-old man, has been arraigned on charges of assaulting and attempting to kill Mohammed Alli in Lagos State. The defendant appeared before Magistrate O.Y. Adefope at the Yaba Magistrates’ Court, facing two counts of assault and a breach of the peace.
According to the police prosecutor, Haruna Magaji, there had been a previous dispute between Alli and the defendant over an undisclosed issue. In response, Olasege went to Alli’s construction site and began pelting his workers with stones when he couldn’t locate Alli.
When Alli eventually arrived at the scene, the defendant allegedly stabbed him with a knife on the left side of his face and stomach. The incident occurred on August 12, 2023, around 12 noon, at Bishop Oluwole Street, Lagos State.
The charges filed against Olasege include assault causing bodily harm, as stated: “That you, Marcus Olasege, on August 12, 2023, around 12 noon, at a site in Bishop Oluwole Street, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did assault one Mohammed Alli by using a knife to stab him on the left side of his face and stomach, causing blood to gush out, thereby committing an offense punishable under Section 173 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria 2015.”
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges. The magistrate granted Olasege bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties of the same amount. The case has been adjourned until September 22, 2023, for mention, and the defendant was remanded in the custody of the Nigeria Correctional Service until he fulfills the bail conditions.