A Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court on Friday remanded a dismissed Police Sergeant, Samuel Philips, in prison custody for allegedly killing an 18-year-old girl, Monsurat Ojuade.
Chief Magistrate Adeola Adedayo said that Phillips, 30, should remain behind bars; pending legal advice from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
The former Police Sergeant, whose residential address was not given; was brought before the court on a charge of murder.
However, his plea was not taken.
Earlier, the prosecutor, Insp Augustine Nwabuisi, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on September 10, about 11:30 p.m. at No. 5, Mogaji St., Ijeshatedo area of Lagos. Nwabuisi alleged that Philips while on a criminal raid operation; unlawfully released gunshot into the residence of the 18-year-old girl, Monsurat Ojuade.
Further, he said the bullet hit the teenager’s two thighs leading to her death.
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According to him, the offence contravenes Section 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015; which stipulates a death sentence for offender.
The case has been adjourned until October 25 for receipt of legal advice.
In a related development, the Police Command in Kaduna State has announced the arrest of three men suspected of participating in the mass kidnapping of 121 female students from the Bethel Baptist School in the state.
This was disclosed by the spokesman of the Kaduna State Police Command, Mohammed Jalige on Friday.
1st News had reported that suspected bandits had attacked the Bethel Baptist School on Monday, July 5, 2021; after storming the school early Monday, around 2 am., shooting sporadically as they kidnapped the students.
Jalige disclosed that one of the arrested suspects watched the campus to determine the best time for the attack; which was carried out by the other members of the gang, armed with assault rifles. Further, he stated that a search of the homes of the suspects uncovered a cache of automatic rifles.