A security guard, Muhammed Useni, 19, has been arraigned before a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court for allegedly torturing a sex worker.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Useni was brought to court on a charge of assault, occasioning grievous harm.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty and was granted N20, 000 bail with one surety in the like sum.
Magistrate Omolaja Kazeem said the surety must be a family member of the accused and must be gainfully employed.
Prosecuting Inspector Philip Osijiale told court that the accused had on February 28 at about 4:20a.m., at Avalon in Lekki, Lagos, unlawfully assaulted one Miss Folashade Kolawole.
He alleged that the accused flogged Kolawole with a horse whip, inflicting serious bruises on her.
The prosecutor said Useni beat the complainant to pulp, claiming that she used his duty post to solicit customers after his warning failed to make her leave the spot.
“Useni claimed that he caught her there again with one of her numerous customers, which led to the whipping.”
Osijiale said that the offence contravened Section 171 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The section prescribes three years imprisonment for the offender, if found guilty.
The case was adjourned till March 22.