Court sentences killer policeman to death

Published 9 years ago by: don uche
at 15-02-2011 05:07AM (9 years ago)

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An Abuja High Court on Monday sentenced a police corporal, Mr. Obanla Julius, to death by hanging for allegedly killing a motorist, Shagari Haruna, at a check-point.


Delivering his judgment, Justice Abubakar Talba held that the prosecution had established a case of culpable homicide against Obanla. Pleas by the defence counsel, Mr. C. N. Nosike, were turned down as the judge insisted that Section 221 of the Penal Code did not grant him any room for discretion in such a matter.


He said, “The court will fail in its duty if it is incapable of imposing necessary punishment commensurate with the offence committed. There have been incessant killings of innocent citizens of the country in this manner. I, therefore, sentence Obanla Julius to death by hanging.”


The Attorney-General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Adoke (SAN), had in a one-count charge accused Obanla of commiting culpable homicide under Section 221 of the Penal Code of Northern Nigeria. He was accordingly charged with killing Haruna at the Federal Housing Authority Road junction in Kubwa, a satellite town in Abuja, on May 2, 2002.


The confessional statement obtained from Obanla said Haruna was driving a Honda Car when he ignored an order to stop for a check at about 12.30am. The attitude of the deceased was said to have infuriated the policeman, who then shot him dead with an AK 47 rifle.


Although the court noted that the statement deposed to by the policeman in Kubwa Police Station partly corroborated with the accused person’s testimony in court, it, however, noted that Obanla intentionally shot Haruna dead. The judge noted that the policeman only imputed some stories in the court in order to escape justice.


The officer in charge of patrol in Kubwa, Mr. Baba Shehu, had testified that the suspect was posted to AP Filling Station situated directly opposite Kubwa FHA Road junction. While Shehu was on patrol, he met Obanla at the junction on illegal duty and asked him to leave for his duty post.


Some minutes after driving away from the spot, Shehu said he heard a gunshot, which prompted him to return. On getting to the scene, he inquired about the gun shot but none of the policemen said anything until Obanla owned up to his action.


Obanla said he shot Haruna for refusing to stop for a check. Although the judge lampooned the prosecutor, Mr. Femi Olujinmi Jnr, for displaying a ‘high degree of incompetence,’ he said the evidence showed that the deceased was shot dead by the corporal.


Justice Talba said, “There is no better evidence to show who and what caused the death of Shagari Haruna. Exhibit ‘A’ was admitted in evidence where he (Obanla Julius) confessed that he killed Shagari.


“It was made voluntarily and it has passed the admissibility test of evidence. Besides, it was the intention of the accused to kill the deceased.”


Nosike, however, told journalists after the court session that he would appeal the judgment, adding that his client had been in custody for over eight years.


donuche at 15-02-2011 05:20AM (9 years ago)
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that is a plus to nigerian judicial system but i guess a prominent and well connected nigerian was involved this time around because there has been countless cases like this even the celebrated APO 6 killing but up till today nothing has been done or heard about it,  still a plus as we are growing. thumb up.
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mallorca at 15-02-2011 12:53PM (9 years ago)
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cant read well

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moniconyez at 15-02-2011 04:19PM (9 years ago)
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I couldn't finish reading it , But i know say na killer police them sentence to DEATH so. Let it be like that to man in black who shoot
unnecessarily.

RIP
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ajanni at 15-02-2011 04:51PM (9 years ago)
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Quote from: donuche on 15-02-2011 05:20AM
that is a plus to nigerian judicial system but i guess a prominent and well connected nigerian was involved this time around because there has been countless cases like this even the celebrated APO 6 killing but up till today nothing has been done or heard about it,  still a plus as we are growing. thumb up.

i shared the same view with you . that late shagari must have been a V I P  or well connected , other wise so many had happened before this very one and even after it , the those involved still laughing shamelessly around, and not until that order is carried out before i will believe, wonders do happen in nigeria ooo, and i hope they will not just go and pic an inocent man and hang in place of that criminal police coporal , or even exchanged him withher anot already condemned by hanging criminal
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MissyBarbie at 16-02-2011 12:38PM (9 years ago)
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Quote from: teebaz990 on 15-02-2011 05:08PM
I want to witness the hanging. As a citizen its my right

LWKMD.....ME TOO OOO
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adams933 at 16-02-2011 01:01PM (9 years ago)
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Killing! Killing!! Killing!!! Why Naija why  :'( :'( :'( I hvave a hedik can't stand all dis.
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pholake at 16-02-2011 03:56PM (9 years ago)
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It's one thing to pass judgement, it's another for the judgement to be carried out to the letter.....I hope they hang the fool for real....it would serve as a deterrent to others.....
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kessybee at 16-02-2011 04:54PM (9 years ago)
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I will be happy abt it. Animals on uniform...
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ajanni at 16-02-2011 08:42PM (9 years ago)
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Quote from: teebaz990 on 15-02-2011 05:08PM
I want to witness the hanging. As a citizen its my right

na football match ? go there now and who holds you back ??
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Freesmile at 16-02-2011 09:46PM (9 years ago)
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Kill him, kill him!!! is all i want to hear Tongue Tongue Tongue Tongue
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ajanni at 16-02-2011 10:43PM (9 years ago)
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 Grin Grin Grin Grin
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MissyBarbie at 17-02-2011 08:36AM (9 years ago)
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Quote from: adams933 on 16-02-2011 01:01PM
Killing! Killing!! Killing!!! Why Naija why  :'( :'( :'( I hvave a hedik can't stand all dis.

Okay go and sleep then.
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