Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Justice: Ex-DPO Gets 10 Years Imprisonment for Manslaughter

On Monday, Justice Olabisi Akinlade of a Lagos State High Court sentenced a former Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Mr. Segun Fabunmi, to 10 years in prison for manslaughter following the killing of one Ademola Aderintola Daramola during the 2012 fuel subsidy protest in Lagos.

Justice Akinlade also found Fabunmi guilty of shooting three other persons — Alimi Abubakar, Egbujor Samuel and Chizorba Odoh — during the protest, thereby causing them grievous body harm. She sentenced him to five years on this count, but both sentences are to run concurrently.

According to reports, when Fabunmi was the DPO of Pen Cinema Police Station, Agege, he led out his men to Yaya-Abatan area of Ogba following an intelligence report that there was a disturbance in the area.

When he got to the scene, Fabunmi allegedly fired his gun in self-defence when an attempt was made to snatch it, thereby killing Ademola.

But based on the evidence tendered, Justice Akinlade said: "The only conclusion that can be drawn is that the defendant recklessly shot his rifle and in the process the bullet hit the deceased. He definitely knew that shooting an AK47 can cause grievous body harm to anyone the bullet hit. The fact that he was on a lawful duty did not mean that he should have shot his gun sporadically."

Ade, a fashion designer, was shot around 9am on January 9, when the defendant led a patrol  team comprising five junior officers to Yaya-Abatan and Abeokuta Streets around Ogba area of Lagos.

Fabunmi was prosecuted by Lagos State Government and it may have contributed to this win!

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