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Cyclist jailed for slapping, seizing gun from policeman in Jos

A Jos Magistrates’ Court, on Wednesday sentenced a 24-year-old tricycle rider, Benjamin Bulus, to one year in a correctional centre for smoking marijuana and assaulting…

A Jos Magistrates’ Court, on Wednesday sentenced a 24-year-old tricycle rider, Benjamin Bulus, to one year in a correctional centre for smoking marijuana and assaulting a policeman.

 The prosecutor, Inspector Ibrahim Gokwat, told the court that the case was reported at the Laranto police station, Jos by one Mathias Chung on May 25.

 Gokwat said that Chung made a distress call to the police that the convict was constituting a nuisance in the environment, smoking marijuana near his residence.

 He said that when the policemen arrived the scene, Bulus slapped one of them and went for his gun, shot at him with intention to kill but missed his target.

The offences, the prosecutor said, contravened the Plateau State Penal Code Law.

 The magistrate, Shawomi Bokkos, summarily tried and sentenced the convict after he pleaded guilty, to a two-count charge of assault and possession of marijuana.

 Bokkos, who sentenced Bulus to a one-year jail term on each of the two-count, said the sentence was to run concurrently.

 The magistrate said the sentence on the first count of assault was without an option of fine, while Bulus was given an option of N20,000 fine on the second count.

 

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