man narrates how police sergeant shot his father - Man Narrates How Police Sergeant Shot His Father

Man Narrates How Police Sergeant Shot His Father

Court Ruling - Man Narrates How Police Sergeant Shot His Father

A prosecution witness identified as Afeez Bello, on Monday told the court how his father was killed by a stray bullet allegedly killed by a policeman identified as Emmanuel Uyanweke.

Uyanweke, a sergeant, is standing trial for killing a pedestrian with an AK47 rifle.

The sergeant was arraigned by the Lagos State Government on February 14, 2018, before an Igbosere High Court in Lagos on a charge of manslaughter.

Bello, the first prosecution witness was led in evidence by the Prosecuting Counsel, Mr Babatunde Sumonu.

The witness while narrating the incident in court stated that his father was on his way to see a friend when a stray bullet fired by Uyanweke killed him.

He noted that his father was shot opposite Southbound Hotel at Okokomiko in Ojo, near Lagos.

Bello stated that there was a fight at the hotel at the time Uyanweke fired the shot which hit his father, who was passing by the hotel.

He revealed that the shooting saw his father die immediately, he added that his sister called him on the phone and informed him about the incident.

“When I got there, I found my father in a pool of blood,” Bello narrated.

Bello who was cross-examined by the Defence Counsel, Mrs Pamela Okoro-Igwe, said he was not present when the police officer killed his father.

“But I was informed by my father’s sister, Aminat Bello,” he said.

Bello claimed that his father was taken to a hospital at Okokomiko, where he was confirmed dead.

After listening to the evidence of the witness, Justice Adedayo Akintoye, adjourned the case until Oct. 16 for a continuation of trial.

The prosecution had said that the defendant committed the offence on Aug.18, 2016 at 8.00 p.m. along White Street in Okokomiko.

The Lagos State Government had said that the defendant unlawfully killed one Adams Bello by shooting him in the chest with an AK47 rifle with registration No. 5070.

The offence contravened Section 227 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

Uyanweke, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

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