A 43-year old carpenter has been arrested and charged before a Lagos court for allegedly beating up a professor.
Solomon Babalola, the carpenter, allegedly assaulted Professor Adeniyi Adegoriola, who is his co-tenant at their residence in Ikotun, Lagos State, southwest Nigeria.
Adegoriola is a professor of Petroleum Engineering and the head of Geology Department at the University of Jos, Plateau State, North central Nigeria.
He visited his family in Lagos when the incident happened.
He suffered the fate after he reportedly beat up the carpenter’s little child as a correctional measure at their house at 7, Ayobami Atemogbola Street, off Abaranje Road, Ikotun.
Angered by the beating, the carpenter allegedly confronted the professor and assaulted him and broke his reading medicated glasses in the process.
Babalola said since he packed into the house, the professor has been intimidating his family.
He said he had detained his wife at a police station and it was after the intervention of their neighbours that he withdrew the matter.
Babalola said the residents had been living in constant fear of the professor but he decided to confront him on the fateful day because he could not bear his excesses any longer.
On the day the incident happened, the carpenter said he heard his child crying and when he came to find out why he was crying, he saw the professor still beating him.
He reportedly head-booted the professor who was wearing medicated glasses and inflicted severe injuries on his face and his glasses were damaged.
According to the professor, the man and his family constitute nuisance in the compound and he had repeatedly warned him to control his children and keep the environment clean, but to no avail.
The professor said on the day the incident happened, the man assaulted him and he has been receiving treatment in a hospital following the injuries he sustained.
The assault was reported to the police at Ikotun Division and Babalola was arrested and charged to court on a two-count charge of assault occasioning harm under the Criminal Code.
He pleaded not guilty and the presiding Magistrate, Mr P. E. Nwaka granted him bail in the sum of N20,000 with two sureties who must show evidence of payment of tax to the Lagos State Government.
The matter was adjourned till 4 September, 2013.
The defendant was remanded in prison custody pending when he will fulfill his bail conditions.
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