“The bullet went through his eye…”: How errant policeman killed 9-year-old boy

by Oke Efagene


Razak Alowonle, a 39-year-old policeman has appeared before an Ebutte-Meta Chief Magistrate’s Court in Lagos on a charge of manslaughter for allegedly shooting a 9-year-old boy to death while dispersing a mob.

According to Richard Odigie, the prosecutor, the mob tried to prevent the Alowonle from seizing a commercial bus.

The prosecutor told the court that the accused committed the offence on June 13, 2013 at Mile 12, Ketu, Lagos.

Vanguard reports:

Odigie told the court that the policeman committed the offence on June 13 at Mile 12, Ketu, Lagos.

The prosecutor said the accused and other members of his patrol team wanted to seize the bus from a driver who was obstructing traffic. “The accused and his team tried to seize the commercial bus but the driver resisted,” he said.

Odigie submitted that the commotion drew the attention of a crowd that attacked the team with stones and broken bottles. He said Alowonle shot a gun in an attempt to disperse the mob, and the bullet hit the boy.

Odigie said: “The victim’s parents and sister went to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja to pick up their eldest son, who arrived from Canada. “The bullet went through the wind screen and hit the deceased, who was seated at the back seat, in his right eye. The deceased died on the spot but was rushed to a nearby hospital.”

He said that Alowonle, who was arrested by his colleagues, had been in police custody for the past four months. According to Odigie, the offence contravenes Section 222 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. The accused, however, pleaded not guilty.

The Chief Magistrate, Demi-Ajayi, granted the accused bail in the sum of N500,000  with two sureties in like sum. Ajayi adjourned the case to January15 for mention.


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