A police officer has been arrested and charged for allegedly shooting a man to death because he sat on a fence at his place of work.
A 39-year-old police officer, Sergeant Ologuowa Ojo, has been arrested and remanded in prison custody for allegedly shooting one Taye Akande, a 45-year-old man, to death, for allegedly sitting on the fence of the company her (Ojo), worked as s security detail.
The sad incident happened on February 3, 2016, during Ojo's security duty at Frajend Investments Nigeria Limited, located at Akodo, Shapati area of Elemo Ajah in the Lagos Island, where he serves as a guard.
The victim had allegedly refused to get down from the fence when Ojo told him to, prompting the officer shooting him in the buttock and he later died.
Apart from being remanded in prison by the Ebute Metta Magistrate Court, Ojo has also been dismissed from the force and would face trial as a civilian.
When he was arraigned in court, Ojo told the magistrate that the shooting was a mistake as he did not want to kill the victim with his AK 47 rifle, as it was a case of accidental discharge.
"I was just on duty and the owner of the building had instructed that he did not want anybody sitting on the fence, but most times, neighbours come around and sit there.
After series of warnings, on this fateful day, I got into an argument with them and as a security man, I brought out my gun to scare them but one of them (the deceased) engaged me in a fight and started dragging with me. Suddenly, the gun cocked and hit him in his buttocks," he explained.
The offence with which he is being charged, is punishable under Section 221 of the criminal law of Lagos State of Nigeria 2011.
The Magistrate, Mrs H.O. Omisore, however, adjourned the continuation of the trial to March 9.