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Stephen Monday

10.05.2022 Featured Bus Conductor Spends 4 Months in Ikoyi Prison for Wooing a Passenger

Published 10th May, 2022

By Emmanuel Uti

Headfort Foundation, a prison reform initiative, has narrated how Stephen Monday, who works at the motor park in Otto, Ijanikin, Lagos, spent four months in Ikoyi Prison after tearing a passenger’s bag.

While speaking with FIJ, Headfort said Stephen was trying to convince a passenger to board his bus when a tussle ensued between him and other motor park officials. During the struggle, the passenger’s bag got torn.

The foundation said the passenger immediately visited the Iddo Police Station to report the issue. Minutes later, he would return to the park in the company of a police officer who tried to arrest Monday and others, but the men in the park ‘stopped them’.

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“It became violent and the police officer went back to inform his team of the situation. More officers later came to the park and raided the area. The police arrested Monday and others and subsequently charged them to court for assault,” Headfort said.

“Our lawyer later met Monday in the court cell and took his brief. The first day she appeared for him was after his arraignment and the prosecutor informed the court that he was yet to get the case file. Also, he had no witnesses in court. He asked for an adjournment and the court granted him.”

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The foundation said this scenario played out several times, causing Monday to further remain in detention.

Headfort said that on May 5, its lawyer reminded the Ebute-Metta court of how the prosecutor had been consistently dragging the case just to keep Monday in prison.

“The court confirmed this in her record and released Monday upon the application of our lawyer,” Headfort stated.

“Monday spent four months in prison for trying to woo a passenger.”

Published 10th May, 2022

By Emmanuel Uti

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