Tout gets N50,000 bail for riding free on train top

A 31-year-old man, Akinwale Biola, has been arrested and charged before an Ebute Metta Court for riding on top of a moving train roof.

The defendant was said to have committed the alleged criminal act on Friday, in Oshodi area of Lagos.

The suspect was reportedly arrested by the police and was taken to Railway Area Command, Ebute Metta junction, after the incident.

Akinwale was said to have allegedly endangered the lives of the train passengers by riding on the top roof of a moving train, thereby committing an offence punishable under the criminal law of Lagos State.

He was also accused of breaching the peace of the train passengers in the cause of the alleged criminal act.

The defendant was said to have been riding on the top roof of moving train before the very day he was eventually caught and was arrested by the police.

He was charged on three-count charge.

However, the defendant pleaded not guilty.

The defence counsel, Mrs I. E. Adebambo, applied for bail for him on the basis that the defendant had no criminal record before and his family members were present in court.

She said “I humbly apply for the bail of the defendant, he does not have any criminal record before now and his family members are present in the court.”

The Magistrate, Mrs O O A Fowowe Erusiafe, however, granted the defendant a bail of N50,000, with two sureties, who must be responsible citizens with evidence of tax payment.

The case was adjourned till August 10 for mention.