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Lagos Commercial Sex Worker Arrested for Allegedly Tearing Police Officer’s Uniform



commercial sex workers BellaNaijaLagos (NAN) – A 25-year-old sex worker, Anita Mbewu, who allegedly assaulted and tore the uniform of a policeman was on Tuesday charged before an Apapa Magistrates’ Court in  Lagos.

Mbewu, who resides at Ojo area of Lagos, is facing a two-count charge of assault and unlawful damage to properties.

The Prosecutor, John Iberedem, told the court that the accused committed the offenses on Aug. 24 at Katifa Hotel on Old Ojo Road, Kuje Amuwo, Lagos.

Iberedem said that the accused unlawfully assaulted and tore the uniform of Michael Udoh, while he was executing his lawful duty.

“The complainant said he learnt that the commercial sex workers in the hotel usually hid hoodlums and criminals so he decided to lead a team to raid the hotel.

“While they were searching for the hoodlums, Udoh saw the accused smoking a cigarette in public and ordered her to put it out.

“She refused and the policeman attempted to remove it from her lips, but as he drew close to her,  Mbewu just grabbed him and tore his uniform,” Iberedem stated.

The offences committed, he said, contravened provisions of Section 172 and 348 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

However, the accused pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 172 prescribes three years imprisonment for serious assault, while Section 348 stipulates two-year jail term for unlawful damage.

The Senior Magistrate, Patrick Adekomaiya, granted the accused bail in the sum of N10, 000 with one surety in like sum and adjourned the case till Sept. 15 for trial.


  1. bruno

    September 2, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Yeye dey smell, I’m sure he didn’t want to pay her for her services. Prostitutes get very vicious when you don’t want to be them for their services.

  2. bruno

    September 2, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Is Smoking cigarettes a crime, where they searching for hoodlums in public or in the hotel. she was in a confined space,smoking,she was not smoking in public. Nigerian police always intrude on peoples personal space and privacy.

  3. Belle Komzy

    September 2, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Some stories sha……one word for that policeman *ogbono

  4. nicholas

    September 2, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    This is not good at all

  5. zee

    September 2, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Rubbish!!!!! Shame suppose catch d officer if woman fit tear him clothes! Am sure he wanted her services for free and she refused.

  6. blah blah

    September 2, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    1. When did smoking become illegal?
    2. Why did he attempt to remove it from her lips? Isn’t that an offence all by itself?
    Me thinks this was a sexual rendezvous gone sour.

  7. Authentic Sunshine

    September 2, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    Wait 1st…………so lawyer siddon for high table, wear im wig dey judge dis matter??? So tey hearing has been adjourned for a later date……I rest my case.

    • coco

      September 3, 2014 at 9:15 am

      Lmao. I know right? Something as ridiculous as this matter. Lmao

    • Esther Asuquo

      September 3, 2014 at 10:23 am

      Sunshine, you make me laugh oooo, abeg you really need to rest your case. Who get basket for rotten mango…mtchewwwwwwwwwww

  8. Dizzy

    September 3, 2014 at 12:58 am

    Is smoking in public a crime?

    • nene

      September 3, 2014 at 6:14 pm

      smoking in public is a crime now in lagos state.

  9. keechi

    September 3, 2014 at 2:13 am

    That police need to fear God and stop lying! He knows good and well he slept with her and didn’t pay her which resulted in the tearing of his shirt. Meanwhile the “crimes” they arrest u for in naija are stupid! Really? 2-3 yrs in jail for what? U must be out ur mind!

    • coco

      September 3, 2014 at 9:20 am

      My dear, exactly what I was thinking. They arrest people and throw them in jail for the most ridiculous things in this country. Meanwhile the real crimes/criminals are left alone. Very soon, breathing in public will be a crime. Mchew

  10. Phil

    September 3, 2014 at 3:00 am

    The Police man dey lucky say ashawo no use broken bottle on am. That na their weapon of choice.

  11. mark

    September 3, 2014 at 6:25 am

    OMG, abeg this won no be case. police man no see boko haram go catch,.na ashawo. na god go punish that police man.

  12. Mizzy

    September 3, 2014 at 7:09 am

    When hs smoking bcm a crime? Reli wish d police men wuld turn deir attention to more pressing issues.

  13. Paminne

    September 3, 2014 at 7:54 am

    This is not fair at all how can a police man arrest her? was it during day time? then i don’t see any crime there Unless she knows some bit of Kungu fu because a woman to tear a man’s cloth is really wired as he just stood there and told her to tear or they had a fight, i think women activist in Nigeria should come up to support this lady

  14. Sylvia

    September 3, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Not trying to defend the officer, just read the article again to see that its not even the assaulted that is the complainant! that goes to show that it happened in the presence of other police officers. secondly, yes! smoking in Public is a crime. government is trying to save the likes of you and me that doesn’t smoke from passive smoking which is even more dangerous!

  15. Nanii

    September 3, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Lagos state government recently passed a bill into law banning public smoking. So smoking in public is illegal in lagos state.

  16. ug

    September 3, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Evry1 hates naija police they r useless and stupid

  17. amy

    September 3, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Smoking in public is illegal in Lagos State and therefore a crime; so is tearing a policeman’s uniform.

  18. Frankie

    September 3, 2014 at 11:00 am

    ‘the police – & him no want 2 pay… him price na so him go pay’

  19. favCI

    September 3, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Have mercy on Nigeria Oh God!!!!!!!

  20. iba

    September 3, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    Oh please you guys choose to arrest and who to let off the hook. why didnt you guys arrest tiwa for getting that olokpa’s cap off his head that time?

  21. Mabel

    September 4, 2014 at 5:21 am

    He likely wanted this woman to do it for free and she refused. Do common police officers organize raids now? To my knowledge raids are organized by a special taskforce headed by someone in a decision making capacity. This dude seriously expect intelligent people to believe this tripe.

  22. leeleo

    September 4, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Police can lie, please don’t believe them, we all know how they mess up. We want to hear from the girl

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