Woman bags 4 months imprisonment for escaping from Abuja Police custody

A Nigerian woman named Monday Joy, was yesterday sentenced to four months imprisonment by a Kubwa Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, for escaping from a Police vehicle and assaulting an officer.

Joy, who is said to have no fixed address, pleaded guilty to a four-count charge, bordering on public nuisance, escape from lawful custody and assault to deter public servant while performing his lawful duty.

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The Kubwa Grade 1 Area Court judge, Mohammed Marafa, gave Joy an option of N8,000 fine and warned her to desist from committing the crime and be of good behaviour.

According to the prosecutor, Babajide Olanipekun, Joy was found along Movida Night Club, Kubwa, Abuja on January 19.

Babajide Olanipekun told the court that when she was interrogated, Joy could not give a satisfactory account of herself and was subsequently arrested.

Olanipekun said while the Police tried to take Joy to the Kubwa Police Station in a police patrol vehicle, she escaped from lawful custody.

The next day January 20th, Joy was seen around Kubwa Police Station and the police rearrested her.

Olanipekun said however, Joy acted violently and assaulted one Corporal Jide Ekundayo of the surveillance team, Kubwa Division, preventing him from performing his lawful duty.

Olanipekun said Ekundayo sustained severe body pain, while Joy refused to write a statement at the Police station. He said the offences contravened Sections 153, 173, 267 and 142 of the Penal Code.

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