Three years after shooting a fuel subsidy to death, a police DPO has been sentenced to 10 years in jail.
It was justice finally for the family of Ademola Aderinto Daramola, the young Nigerian who was shot to death by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), in charge of Pen Cinema Police Station, Agege, Lagos State, Segun Fabunmi, as the killer has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.
Fabunmi who was also dismissed from the Nigeria Police Force for the killing, was also found guilty of causing grievous bodily harms to three other persons, Alimi Abubakar, Egbujor Samuel and Chizorba Odoh, during the said protest, with an additional five years sentence for the shooting.
The sentenced was handed down to him by a Lagos State High Court sitting in Igbosere and presided over by Justice Olabisi Akinlade, for the murder of Daramola during the January 9, 2012, protest against the removal of fuel subsidy by former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Fabumi had shot the young man who was a fashion designer at the Yaya-Abatan area of Ogba, when he led a patrol team comprising five junior officers to the area to supervise the peaceful protest.
According to eye witnesses, after shooting the man, Fabunmi dared anyone to go to his aid and threatened to gun down anyone who attempted such. The young man was left to bleed to death while Fabunmi made sure no help came his way.
The dismissed policeman, who was arraigned on May 5, 2013, on a seven-count charge bordering on murder, attempted murder and causing grievous bodily harm, had argued that the shooting was accident.
He said he and his men had responded to distress call that some people were terrorising the area, when a mob struggled to dispossess him of his AK-47 rifle and he fire the shot accidentally while he tried to retain possession of his rifle.