Police begin trial of two alleged killer cops who shot teenager
– Arrest suspected killers of corps member in Osun
The Lagos State police command provost department has commenced a trial of two officers who allegedly killed 17-year-old Tina Ezekwe in Lagos last week. While Inspector Oguntola Olamigoke is now facing police orderly room trial, ASP Theophilus Otobo, as a senior officer has been served as an official query in line with police service commission’s rules.
It would be recalled that on May 29, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos Command, CP Hakeem Odumosu, ordered an in-depth investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Tina Ezekwe at Iyana-oworo area of Lagos. According to Lagos police spokesman, Bala Elkana, “investigations so far revealed that the conduct of the two police officers linked with the incident fell short of professional standards.
“In view of the above, the command has commenced internal disciplinary proceedings against the two officers. The ASP would be appearing before the Force Disciplinary Board sitting in Abuja and their recommended punishments would be forwarded to the Police Service Commission for approval.”
Meanwhile, the Osun State police command has arrested four suspected killers of a serving corps member identified as Adebayo Mukaila. Some suspected robbers on January 28, 2020, shot dead a member of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) near his shop in the Omo-West area of Osogbo where he operated a Point of Sales (PoS). The robbers carted away recharge cards and some amount of money.
The four suspects arrested: Jelil Kareem (29), Oludayo Oludele (34), Awodeji Muyiwa (36), and Anifowoshe Buliaminu (25), were dragged before an Osun State Magistrate sitting in Osogbo on five counts bothering on armed robbery, unlawful possession of arms, conspiracy, unlawful shot, and stealing.
The prosecutor, ASP Idoko John, told the court that the three defendants committed the crime on January 28, 2020, at about 10:15 p.m. at Omo West area of Osogbo by robbing and killing Mr. Adebayo Mukaila and collecting recharge cards worth N300.000 and stealing the sum of N2,500 from him.
The offences were said to be contrary to and punishable under section 6(b),1(1),(2)(a)324,319, and 427 of the criminal code, Cap 34, Vol II, Laws of Osun State 2002 and the robbery and firearms(special provision) RII vol.14 laws of Federation of Nigeria.
However, he noted that Anifowoshe Buliaminu did not participate in the killing but unlawfully received recharge cards stolen from Adebayo Mukaila from one Jelili Kareem known to have been stolen or obtained by any act constituting a felony and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 427 of the Criminal Code Cap 3 Vol Il laws of Osun State of Nigeria 2002.
The plea of the three accused person was not taken except Anifowoshe Buliaminu, who pleaded not guilty to one charge preferred against him. Defence counsel to the first and fourth defendants, Kehinde Adepoju, applied for the bail of the two in most liberal terms assuring that the accused will not jump bail if granted.
The magistrate, Awodele Modupe, ordered that Jelil Kareem, Oludayo Oludele and Awodeji Muyiwa be remanded in prison. He granted Anifowoshe Buliaminu bail with the sum of N200, 000 with two sureties and adjourned the case to 13th of July 2020 for hearing.