by Rachel Ogbu
The policeman alleged to be behind the murder of fuel subsidy removal protester, Adedamola Daramola in January last year was yesterday ordered to be remanded in Kirikiri prison by an Ikeja High Court.
Ex-Divisional Police Officer Segun Fabunmi of Yaya-Abatan, Agege Police Station, Lagos was charged by the state government but he pleaded not guilty to the seven-count charge preferred against him.
According to reports, state prosecution led by the Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, Olabisi Ogungbesan, in the charge, alleged that Fabunmi committed the offence of murder, which contravened Section 221 of the Criminal Law, No. 11, 2011, at about 9.30 a.m on January 9, 2012 at Yaya-Abatan area of Agege, Lagos.
He was also indicted of attempted murder and causing grievous bodily harm on some of the protesters in contravention of sections 228 and 243 of the same law.
The Vanguard reports:
The prosecution alleged that the ex-police officer murdered Daramola and attempted to murder others, adding that he also caused bodily injury to three others by shooting at them with his AK 47 rifle.
Fabunmi was accused of attempting to kill and inflicting grievous bodily harm on Alimi Abubakar, Egbujor Samuel, Chizorba Odoh by separately shooting at them with his gun.
He allegedly shot Abubakar and Samuel on their left legs and Odoh on his right index finger.
Subsequently, his plea was taken and his lawyer, Mr. Ike Okafor, prayed the court to move his bail application, which was turned down by the trial judge, who said it was not ripe for hearing.
Justice Olabisi Akinlade ordered the accused to be remanded in Kirikiri Maximum Prison, and adjourned the hearing of the application till June 14.