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!