Subsidy protest death: Ex-DPO fired 10 rounds, says Police witness

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BY BARTHOLOMEW MADUKWE

Lagos — A prosecuting witness, Inspector Olumide Alagbe, yesterday, told a Lagos High Court in Igbosere that former Divisional Police Officer of Pen Cinema, Agege, DSP Segun Fabunmi, shot 10 rounds of his AK-47 rifle, at a crowd during protests against fuel subsidy removal in January 9, 2012.

DSP Fabunmi is charged with the attempted murder of some fuel subsidy protesters, and the murder of one Adedamola Daramola, an incident which happened at Yaya-Abatan Street, Agege.

The defendant, who looked relaxed, wearing a brown ankara as he sat among the audience, was charged to court on May 5, 2013 and had pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Led in evidence by the prosecutor, Mrs. Olabisi Ogungbesan, a Director with the Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecutions, DPP, Inspector Alagbe told the court that the AK-47 rifle used by the defendant was loaded with 60 rounds when he (defendant) and his team were heading to Yaya-Abatan.

Insp. Alagbe, while giving evidence, said he was in his office on January 9, 2012, when the Commissioner of Police, CP, informed him of an incident involving a policeman who allegedly shot a man.

Another witness, ASP Tanimu Jeremiah, a ballistician with the Nigeria Police Force, on his part, said that a 7.62 caliber AK-47 rifle with ID number 526309 was brought to his office for examination.

He said: “The rifle was brought with 50 rounds of ammunition and from my investigation, I discovered that the rifle had just been used.”

The presiding judge, Justice Olabisi Akinlade, after listening to both counsel, adjourned till June 2 for continuation of trial.

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