Police Officer Jailed for Life for Extra – judicial Killing

A police corporal, Amadin Idahosa, who was alleged to have killed a student in Benin, 2013 was on Monday sentenced to life imprisonment.
The police officer was charged for killing a 22-year old student of the University of Benin, Ibrahim Momodu.
Momodu was shot dead in 2013 while returning home and the police paraded him as a commercial bus driver terrorising residents of Textile Mill Road and its environs.
But civil society group countered the police.
The poloce then changed gear, put up another version of the incident, saying that the deceased was caught in a robbery scene and killed in a gun duel.
On another occasion, police gave a third version, that Momodu snatched a bag and ran into a team of policemen on patrol before he was shot.
After several protests by civil society organization, his corpse was exhumed and a post mortem examination showed that Momodu was shot on the back.
The police corporal was arraigned on one count charge bothering on murder and pleaded not guilty to the charge.
An official from the state Department of Public Prosecution, M. O. Omozeghian, had during the trial told the court that the offence was punishable under Section 319 of the Criminal Code Cap. 48, Vol. II, Laws of the defunct Bendel State of Nigeria, as applicable in Edo State.
The Judge found the officer guilty as charged after listening to the argument of the prosecution.

Author: News Editor

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