Emem-Asuquo

A Lagos-based hairdresser, Emem Asuquo and a civil servant, Olugbenga Yakubu, have been remanded in prison custody by a Tinubu Magistrate Court sitting on Lagos Island, for public disturbance.

According to Punch:

They were arraigned on Wednesday on four counts of assault and conduct likely to cause breach of the peace before Magistrate A.A. Adefulire.

PUNCH Metro learnt that an altercation broke out after 31-year-old Asuquo insisted that Yakubu, 51, use a condom before having sex with her, but he reportedly declined the request.

PUNCH Metro learnt that Yakubu, while driving along the Lekki-Epe Expressway at about 7pm on July 6, had offered Asuquo, who was going towards Lakowe in Ibeju-Lekki, a ride.

They were said to have exchanged phone numbers and promised to meet each other later in the night.

Yakubu, a civil servant, was said to have picked up the hairdresser at her home in Ajah around 2am the next day and took her to his house on Adeyinka Oyekan Street, Abraham Adesanya Estate, Ajah.”

Narrating how the altercation started, Asuquo said:

On getting to his house, he entertained me after which we went inside his room. He said he wanted me to have sex with him. I told him I would collect N30,000 and he agreed. I asked him to use a condom but he said he did not have one. So, I told him to take me back home in his car.

He dropped her off at VGC, claiming he didn’t have enough fuel in his car. She called an Uber, and then asked Yakubu to wait until it arrives because she was afraid of being robbed. But he insisted on leaving. Upset, she reached for his car key, leading to an altercation.

When he refused, I removed his car key. He was beating me when the taxi driver and two others arrived and they intervened. He injured me in the eye. I also used a stone to smash the windscreen of his car.

Yakubu reported the incident to the Ajah Police Station and got Asuquo arrested. In his statement, he said:

“She followed me to my house, but refused to make love with me after buying her drinks. At a point, she started screaming that I should take her back to her house. When we got to the roundabout, she removed my car key and held my shirt. Two men and a lady she called came in a Golf car and started beating me.

I held Asuquo by the hair and began punching her while the two men did same to me. In the end, they injured me and broke the windscreen of my car.

However, the duo were charged to court. In charges read to them by police prosecutor, Inspector Philip Osijale, it said:

That you, Emem Asuquo, and others now at large on July 7, 2016, at about 3.30am at VGC Roundabout, Ajah, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did willfully damage the windscreen of one unregistered Carina E with a stone.

“That you, Olugbenga Yakubu, on the same date, time and place, in the aforementioned magisterial district, did unlawfully assault one Emem Asuquo by hitting her with a fist blow in her left eye, which did her harm, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 171 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The duo pleaded not guilty to the counts. While Asuquo was admitted to bail in the sum of N500,000 with one surety, Yakubu was admitted to bail in the sum of N200,000 with a surety in like sum.

The magistrate, Adefulire, ordered that they be kept in prison custody until the bail conditions are met.