A Lagos-based Medical Doctor, Emmanuel Okolo, who assaulted a nurse for admitting an accident victim without seeking his consent has appeared before Epe Magistrate Court in Lagos State. Dr Okolo was alleged to hsve slapped and flogged the nurse repeatedly at his office.
The 35-year-old doctor was arrested on June 20th after Dorcas Adeyera, 23, made a formal complaint of being assaulted for admitting a dying accident victim without his consent.
The police charged Okolo with a one-count charge of assault. Moses Oyekanmi the Police prosecutor told the court the accused committed at about 2 am, at Awoyaya Hospital in Ibeju-Lekki.
Okolo was said to have initially summoned Adeyera into his office and ordered her to kneel down. When she refused, the doctor was alleged to have dealt her several slaps and also flogged her with a belt.
The nurse, in her report to the medical director of the hospital, said she was humiliated by Okolo. “My Lord, the accused caused bodily injury to the complainant. .
He slapped her just because she worked for him. He should be punished for it,” prosecutor Oyekanmi said.
The offence contravenes Section 172 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015. (Revised) .
After pleading not guilty, Magistrate O. A. Fowowe-Erusiafe admitted him to bail at N50,000. Fowowe-Erusiafe adjourned the case till August 19 for trial.