25.9 C
Abuja

Policeman To Die By Hanging For Killing 20-Year-Old

Advertisement

Related

Advertisement
Advertisement

A policeman, Mathew Egheghe, attached to the Bayelsa State Police Command is to die by hanging for killing a 20-year-old man, Victor Emmanuel.

Egheghe shot Emmanuel at a checkpoint on Sani Abacha Expressway, Yenagoa on October 16, 2011.

After a protracted legal battle spear-headed by the mother of the deceased, Grace, and human rights activists, a Bayelsa High Court in Nembe found Egheghe guilty of murder.

The court, presided over by Justice Lucky Boufili, however, discharged and acquitted two other men who were also charged with the offence.

The two men, Lucky Oberemelu and John Imeh, were acquitted by the judge for failure of the prosecution to directly link them with the murder.

Boufili held that the bullets that eventually killed Emmanuel were fired by Egheghe.

“The pathologist certified the cause of death to multiple gunshot injuries,” he said, adding that five of the bullets hit the deceased in the head.

- Advertisement -

The judge gave the sentence after listening to pleas for leniency from Egheghe’s counsel.

“I have listened to the pleas of the defence counsel but the second accused person deserved a sentence to die by hanging,” he said.

In another development, a mobile police officer in Bayelsa State has been shot to death in error by a member of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, during a shoot-out with armed robbers in Yenagoa.

The Police public relations officer in the state, Alex Akhigbe, who confirmed the incident, described the death of the policeman an unfortunate.

“They were colleagues attached to the state special security outfit known as Operation Door Akpor.

The police received a distress call on Monday night that armed robbers had attacked a popular petrol station at Edepie Roundabout in the state capital.

“When the patrol team got there, the robbers opened fire on sighting the police van. So, there was a shoot-out and in the process, the NSCDC personnel mistakenly shot his patrol team colleague,” Akhigbe said.

Support the ICIR

We invite you to support us to continue the work we do.

Your support will strengthen journalism in Nigeria and help sustain our democracy.

[molongui_author_box]

If you or someone you know has a lead, tip or personal experience about this report, our WhatsApp line is open and confidential for a conversation

Advertisement

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Support the ICIR

We need your support to produce excellent journalism at all times.

spot_img
Advertisement

Recent

Why I declined invitation to Chatham House — SDP presidential candidate

THE presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Adebayo Adewole, has described his...

Redesigned Naira Notes: ICPC arrests bank officials over sabotage

THE Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has arrested officials of...

Scarcity of cash, petrol provokes protests, bank attacks in Ibadan

PROTESTS have erupted in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, amid the growing frustration and...

Naira Redesign: Buhari asks for seven days to tackle cash shortage, blames banks for inefficiency

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has asked for seven days to tackle problems arising from the...

Naira Scarcity: Nigerians react to students, soldiers clash over cash withdrawal at UNIBEN

NIGERIANS on Twitter have been expressing their feelings over the recent clash between students...
Advertisement

Most Read

Advertisement

Subscribe to our newsletter

Advertisement