An Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Friday ordered that six men, who allegedly hacked a police officer to death, be remanded in prison, pending legal advice from the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions.
The police charged Olamide Abayomi, 19; Ibrahim Folami, 35; Ibrahim Opeyemi, 35; Oluwatobi Olabode, 22; Boniface Ekemezie, 60; and Gafar Akintunde, 40 with conspiracy, misdemeanour and murder.
Chief Magistrate O.O. Olatunji, who did not take the plea of the defendants, ordered that they be remanded in Ikoyi Prison.
Olatunji directed the police to forward a duplicate of their case file to the DPP.
He adjourned the until May 21.
Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Inspector Oladele Adebayo, told the court that the defendants committed the offence on March 20, at 11 a.m. at Mile 12, Ketu.
He said the defendants prevented the enforcement of the state environmental law by the officials of the Lagos State Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences Unit.
Adebayo alleged that while preventing the task force from enforcing the law, the defendants caused the death of Sergeant Damilola Adeojo with F/No. 431882 by inflicting machete wounds on his head and body.
The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 223, 233 and 413(1) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.
In another related story, this time in Egypt, a Police officer at Belbeis police station in Sharqiya governorate died Wednesday, after being fatally injured during the arrest of a criminal in Bani Alim village at Belbeis city.
According to a statement issued by Sharqia Security Directorate, a mission headed by Police Captain Ahmed Salah al-Musallami was checking up on the security situation in the Belbeis city villages. During the arrest of a suspect, the criminal stabbed Musallami with a knife several times.
The police officer was transferred to Belbeis Hospital, but succumbed to his injuries. A report was filed with the incident to the prosecutor’s office in the city.
Security services arrested the perpetrator, who was referred to the prosecution for further investigation.
(Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm/Punch)
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