EXTRA-JUDICIAL KILLINGS: Nigerian Police Detain ASP, 6 Corporals

Seven policemen are currently being detained by the police for unlawful killing of former Senator Fidelis Okoro’s son, John Chukwuemeka Okoro, in Abuja and one Benson Obode, in Benin City. Informed police sources disclosed to Saturday Tribune that John Okoro was killed in Abuja on August 11, 2014.

The source said that John and his friend, Sunday Marcus, alias ‘Sunday Black’, went out on the day of the incident to Durumi area in Garki. It was gathered that the police got a distress call, that there was an attempt to snatch a car around Mabushi, and the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) team trailed the robbers from Mabushi to Durumi and in the process, John Okoro was arrested, while his friend said Marcus escaped.

The source revealed that while on their way to SARS office, the leader of the team, one ASP Muhammed Yusuf, shot John in the leg and chest and the boy consequently died. The source said that following a petition from former Senator Okoro to the Inspector General of Police alleging ex-judicial killing and in the course of investigation, Sunday Marcus gave the exact story of how the incident happened and how he escaped, while the owner of the car that was allegedly snatched also made his statement.

However, it was gathered that during interrogation, the policemen claimed that there was a shootout and in the process, John was shot. The team of investigations in their report indicted the three police officers — ASP Muhammed Yusuf, Corporal Agada Lawrence and Corporal Agada Kenneth — and they are all facing administrative internal discipline which will lead to their dismissal and eventually be charged to court for murder.

Also in the second incident of extrajudicial killing of one Benson Obode of Aduwawa Benin City, four policemen are currently being detained in Abuja. The policemen are corporals Adeleke Adedeji, Abena John, Henry Shobowale and Oniyo Musa.

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