Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State 8-man Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution to Investigate Citizens' Rights Abuses Monday, October 19

Lagos prosecutes 31 Policemen for alleged citizens’ rights violations

Isola Moses |ConsumerConnect

For alleged fundamental human rights violations, ranging from murder, attempted murder, involuntary manslaughter, grievous bodily harm to armed robbery, the Lagos State Ministry of Justice has released the names of 31 policemen who are currently facing prosecution in different courts in the state.

It was learnt the listed policemen were charged separately or in group before the Lagos State High Court between 2012 and 2020.

Some have been arraigned, while some are awaiting arraignment, report said.

The suspects include Inspector Surulere Irede, Sgt. Sunday Ogunyemi and Corporal Hezekiah Babatunde, who are jointly standing trial for alleged manslaughter before Justice Ogunsanya; as well as Sgt. Segun Okun and Capt. Adekunle Oluwarotimi, who are jointly standing trial for manslaughter and attempted murder before Justice Nicole Clay.

Those being charged individually are Ogunyemi Olalekan (murder), Sgt. Gbawuan Isaac (grievous bodily harm), Aminu Joseph (murder), Sgt. Alechenu Benedict (armed robbery),Sgt Adebayo Abdullahi (involuntary manslaughter), Inspector Mohammed and two others (armed robbery).

Others are Matthew Chansi (murder), Adamu Dare (murder), Sgt. Mark Argo, and five others (conspiracy and armed robbery), and Corporal Pepple Boma (manslaughter).

Insp. Emmanuel Akpodana (attempted murder), Emmanuel Uyankweke (involuntary manslaughter), Akanbi Lukmon (involuntary manslaughter), Edokhe Omokhije (murder), Afolabi Saka (murder), Monday Gabriel (murder), Yahya Adesina (involuntary manslaughter) and Aremu Musiliu (murder) are also on the list of Police officers facing prosecution in Lagos.

Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), Lagos State Attorney-General, who released the list of suspects, stated that “the Lagos State Ministry of Justice has been committed over time to the prosecution of the listed and related cases of police abuses.

“I call on members of the public to keep track of our ongoing diligent prosecution of these matters in the overall public interest.”

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