A 35-year-old doctor, Emmanuel Okolo, who allegedly slapped a nurse Dorcas Adeyera, working in his hospital, was yesterday arraigned at an Epe Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State.
Police prosecutor, Moses Oyekanmi, told the court that the accused committed the offence on June 20, at about 2 am, at Awoyaya Hospital in Ibeju-Lekki. The police charged Okolo with a one-count charge of assault.
The doctor was said to have frowned on the admission of an accident victim without his consent, and allegedly slapped Adeyera during a resulting argument.
He was said to have initially summoned Adeyera into his office and ordered her to kneel down, but she refused. Okolo allegedly proceeded to slap her several times 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.
Magistrate Fowowe-Erusiafe admitted Okolo to bail at N50,000 after he pleaded not guilty to the charge. The case was adjourned to August 19 for trial.