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Court remands man for allegedly insulting, intimidating police officer on duty



Court remands man for allegedly insulting, intimidating police officer on duty
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A Karu Upper Area Court, Abuja on Monday remanded a 36-year-old man, Hedges Samuel, in prison for allegedly insulting and intimidating a police officer discharging her duties.

The judge, Ishaq Hassan, ordered that the defendant be remanded in prison until Nov. 17, to determine bail conditions.

The defendant, who resides at Phase 2 Extension, Jikwoyi, Abuja was arraigned for intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace and criminal intimidation, refusing to answer public question and signing statement.

He, however, denied commiting the crime.

The prosecutor, Olarewaju Osho, told the court that Insp. Rose Ugwuanyi, a police officer attached Jikwoyi Divisional Police Headquarters, reported the matter at the Jikwoyi police station on Nov. 1.

“The complainant alleged that was asked by her superior officer to investigate a case of cheating reported against the defendant.

“While the complainant was performing the duty, the defendant started raining insults on her, saying she was stupid and that he had heard how everyone brought to the station feared her (officer).

“The defendant went further to threaten the officer, that he would deal with her, saying that as soon as he is out of the station, the officer will pay with her life.

“The defendant also told the complainant in the presence of other police officers and civilians, that he will not fear the officer as everyone did, rather that the officer has met “her match, which is him,” Osho told the court.

The prosecutor said that when the defendant was being interrogated concerning his utterances, he intentionally refused to make a statement.

He added that during police investigation, the defendant was seen hitting his chest before the IPO investigating the case.

The offence contravened sections 397, 142 and 143 of the Penal Code.