Accidental discharge: How I mistakenly fired 7 shots killing 3 people – Policeman

by Rachel Ogbu


A policeman, Cpl. Abu Abolaji, is standing trial for killing three men while on patrol but he has said the shots were all a mistake even though he shot seven times.

In a Lagos High Court yesterday at Igbosere, a witness who is an inspector said that he was on patrol with the defendant, and three other policemen when he fired seven shots that left three men dead. He said one died on the spot and the other two died on their way to the general hospital on Lagos Island.

Yahyah Emmanuel said:

“On October 1, 2009, I was at Adekunle Police Station when we received a distress call informing us of a robbery at Alagomeji after which four of us signed for ammunition and went on patrol. When we got there, we saw three men who ran into a car and locked themselves up immediately they saw us.

“I got down from the patrol van with Cpl. Abolaji and asked him to go find out why the men ran into the car when they saw us. After a while, I started hearing gunshots and I moved to the scene to ask the defendant why he was shooting.”

“Immediately I got there, Cpl. Abolaji said it was a mistake and the gun was collected from him by another police officer who later discovered that seven of the bullets had been fired.”

[READ: 4 AIGs, 17 CPs, 174 other police officers on trial for misconduct ]

Vanguard reports:

Counsel to the defendant, Mr Victor Okpala, argued that Yahyah had not seen the defendant fire the shots, adding that the defendant was on red alert.

State counsel, Mrs  O. A. Akin-Adesomojo countered that the Inspector had said all he knew about the incident.

After listening to the witness, Justice Ebenezer Adebajo adjourned to October 9 for continuation of trial.

According to the charge sheet, Abolaji, on October 1, 2009,  at 4, Olode Street, Alagomeji, Yaba, Lagos at 12.30 a.m shot at three men— Mr Ibrahim Olojede, Rotimi Philips and Friday Uti— which later led to their death, offences which contravened Section 361 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State.


Comments (2)

  1. All dese heartless people….it’s a lie o…me no bliv say na mistake…I was @ ui gate smetyms ago wen ds stupid policemen wen running afta sm students cos dey saw dem in superb car….nd I heard one of dem said “kill dem”nd d oda shot…thank God for ui securities,dey were so active if not d stupid police wud av said it was a mistake too……he shud b killed jor,I wonda d total waste of tym on trials…

  2. how can a trained police fired seven shots by mistake,was he drunk?if it was by mistake,why didnt he killed himself?igp should be call to ordet

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