One motor park thug in Lagos, popular known as Agbero, identified as Sodiq Adebayo, has been arraigned before a magistrate court in Lagos for stabbing a bus driver, Rasheed Azeez, in the eye.
It was reported that the yellow bus commercial driver, Azeez, had ignored the warning of the suspect to move his bus away from the spot where he wanted to pick passengers at Mushin. The suspect, Adebayo, got infuriated, picked up a bottle and damage the victim’s left eye. Thereafter, the suspect vanished into the thin air. Since then, the search has been on for him, until, December 3 when he was apprehended.
The unfortunate incident happened around AP fueling station at Mushin Lagos. After his arrest, Adebayo explained to the police that he stabbed Lazeez because the driver assaulted him. He, however, stated that he took to his heels after he saw the degree of the injury. In his words, “On April 5, 2018, I was relaxing at the bus stop when a transport union member called Kola told me to help him collect money from Danfo drivers. While I was doing that, I told the driver (Lazeez) to move forward and he said I could not be controlling him.
“He came down from the bus and started beating me to the extent that he wanted to kill me. He beat me with a spanner. That was why I picked a bottle and stabbed him in the face. I ran away from Mushin to Apapa when I saw that the injury was much.”
Meanwhile, the victim, Azeez, has another side to the story. Azeez told the police that the scuffle was between the suspect and his conductor. He had only stepped in to settle the two parties when the suspect pounced on him. In his words, “As I was picking passengers at the bus stop that day, Adebayo was fighting with my conductor called Sherif. I came down from the bus to settle the fight but, he (Adebayo) started insulting me. He then left and came back shortly after, not knowing that he was with a broken bottle. He stabbed me in the eye and I fainted. That was the last thing I knew until when I regained consciousness at a hospital.”
Reasonably, the suspect, Adebayo, was arraigned before an Ogba magistrates’ court on three counts bordering on assault by a police prosecutor, Inspector Koti Aondohemba.
The charge read in part, “That you, Sodiq Adebayo, did conduct yourself in a manner likely to cause a breach of the peace by breaking bottle and stabbing one Rasheed Lazeez, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 168 (d) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.
“That you, Sodiq Adebayo, did grievously harm one Rasheed Lazeez by deforming him with a bottle on his left eye side, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 245 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.
However, the victim has pleaded not guilty to all the charges levied against him. Meanwhile, the magistrate Mrs. KO Ogundare having adjourned the case till January 21 has granted him bail in the sum of N100,000 and two sureties in the like sum.