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Court remands ex-policeman for allegedly shooting housewife


A chief Magistrates’ Court in Ebute Meta yesterday ordered that a former policeman, Joseph Oriyomi, aged 37, who allegedly shot a housewife while dispersing youths during a communal clash between Ilaje and Ajah in Lagos State, be remanded in a correctional facility.

Oriyomi is charged with murder. Chief Magistrate O.O. Olatunji, who did not take the plea of Oriyomi, ordered that he should be kept in Ikoyi Custodial Centre. The magistrate ordered the police to return the case file to the State Director of Public Prosecutions. Olatunji adjourned the case until Feb. 27 for mention.

Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Insp. Oladele Adebayo, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on December 31, 2019, at 3:00p.m., in Ajah. Adebayo alleged that during the protest, Olatunji fatally gunned down Mrs. Temilorun Obasa, 45, in a bid to disperse the crowd.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the charge of murder contravenes Section 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015, and punishable with death.


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