Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Truck Driver Death: TRIGGER HAPPY POLICE OFFICER DISMISSED


The Ondo State Police Command says it has dismissed one of its officers, Corporal Adegboro Kayode, who shot and killed a truck driver, Friday Igbinedion, on the Benin-Ore road on August 9, this year.

Making the disclosure to journalists, the Command’s spokesman, Mr. Wale Ogodo, said the command was battle-ready to ensure sanity in all its operation across the nooks and crannies of the state, adding that Kayode has been charged to court.

He said that although six policemen were at the police post when the incident happened, only Corporal Kayode was found guilty of the offence after a trial by police authorities.

Those arrested but later freed for lack of proof linking them to the crime include Sergeant Audu Mamven, Sergeant Akinlotan Johnson, Corporal Mohammed Musa, Corporal Samuel Arabamen and Corporal Omole Godwin.

The spokesman noted that in view of the several negative reports about the Police force, the command was working tirelessly even at the national headquarters to retrain its men and get rid of the bad eggs.

According to Mr. Ogodo, Corporal Kayode confessed to shooting the Mr. Igbinedion without the participation of the other officers in the patrol.

“We the Ondo state Police Force are diligent with our work and to ensure that all criminals found culpable are brought to book. We will never sweep any criminal case under the carpet. The other policemen were tried along with him and they were not found guilty. Corporal Kayode confessed that he did the firing alone and we cannot punish the innocent along the guilty,” Ogodo said.

When pressed about the investigation, he disclosed that experts in the criminal and investigation department of the command carried out the investigation while the Commissioner of Police in the state was also carried along in the outcome.

He reinstated that the dismissal of its officer will also serve as deterrent to others who misuse weapons especially gun’ handed over to them to save lives not to kill innocent souls.

It would be recalled that the late Edo-born Igbinedion was shot dead by the policeman at the Lagos-Benin-Ore express road after he was alleged to have been driving in an unregistered trunk on his way to Delta State to deliver petrol products.

The incident provoked protests from the community over the incessant killing of motorists by police officers on the ever-busy road.