A 21-year-old trader, Opeyemi Abdullahi, yesterday at an Ogudu Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, faced assault charge as filed by the Nigeria Police Force.

The police accused him of beating up an expectant mother because she refused his request for an intimate relationship.

Abdullahi, of Ikolaba Street, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, is facing a one count-charge of assault.

Prosecutor Lucky Ihiehie said the accused committed the offence on November 1 about 5pm at Ojota bus stop, Lagos.

He said the woman, Koyinsola Saib, was returning from work with her friend when she met the accused at Maryland bus stop and he approached her for a relationship.

The prosecutor alleged that the accused tried to blackmail the complainant.

He alleged that Abdullahi accused the complainant, her husband, mother and brother of “selling children”.

Magistrate Ejiro Kubeinje granted the accused bail in the sum of N50,000 with one surety in the like sum.

She ordered that the surety must live in the court jurisdiction with evidence of tax payment.

The magistrate adjourned the case till December 2 for trial.

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