As hilarious as an altercation between two people because of one party’s refusal to wear a condom for sex might appear, it has landed Emem Asuquo and Olugbenga Yakubu in prison as a Tinubu Magistrate’s Court sitting in Lagos Island ordered their remand for alleged public disturbance.
The duo were arraigned on Wednesday on four counts of assault and conduct likely to cause breach of the peace before Magistrate A.A. Adefulire.
According to the Punch, the fight between the two broke out when 31-year-old Emem insisted that Yakubu, 51, use a condom before having sex with her, but he refused the request.
It was learnt that Yakubu, while driving along the Lekki-Epe Expressway at about 7pm on July 6, had offered Asuquo, who was going towards Lakowe in Ibeju-Lekki, a ride after which they exchanged phone numbers and promised to meet later that night.
Subsequently, Yakubu had reportedly picked up Emem, a hairdresser from her home in Ajah around 2am the following day, taking her to his house on Adeyinka Oyekan Street, Abraham Adesanya Estate, Ajah.
According to Emem, “On getting to his house, he entertained me after which we went inside his room. He said he wanted me to have sex with him. I told him I would collect N30,000 and he agreed. I asked him to use a condom but he said he did not have one. So, I told him to take me back home in his car.”
She further explained that Yakubu dropped her off at VGC Roundabout because he did not have enough fuel in his car.
She then called a taxi driver to come and get her from that point.
Their fight however started when she asked Yakubu to stay with her until the cab arrived for fear of being robbed but he declined.
“When he refused, I removed his car key. He was beating me when the taxi driver and two others arrived and they intervened. He injured me in the eye. I also used a stone to smash the windscreen of his car,” she added.
It was learnt that Yakubu reported the fiasco at the Ajah Police Division, and Asuquo was arrested.
Yakubu, in his statement to the police, said Asuquo had called the driver and other occupants of the taxi to beat him up, adding that he sustained injuries.
He said, “She followed me to my house, but refused to make love with me after buying her drinks. At a point, she started screaming that I should take her back to her house. When we got to the roundabout, she removed my car key and held my shirt. Two men and a lady she called came in a Golf car and started beating me.
“I held Asuquo by the hair and began punching her while the two men did same to me. In the end, they injured me and broke the windscreen of my car.”
A police prosecutor, Inspector Philip Osijale, subsequently arraigned the two of them before the Tinubu Magistrate’s Court on four counts of assault and breach of the public peace.
Osijale told the court that the charges flouted the sections 54, 171, 349 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The charges read in part, “That you, Emem Asuquo, and others now at large on July 7, 2016, at about 3.30am at VGC Roundabout, Ajah, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did willfully damage the windscreen of one unregistered Carina E with a stone.
“That you, Olugbenga Yakubu, on the same date, time and place, in the aforementioned magisterial district, did unlawfully assault one Emem Asuquo by hitting her with a fist blow in her left eye, which did her harm, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 171 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.”
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the counts.
The court admitted Asuquo to bail in the sum of N500,000 with one surety, while Yakubu was admitted to bail in the sum of N200,000 with a surety in like sum.
The duo would however be kept in custody till they can effect their bail conditions.