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Constable docked over Okada rider’s murder

BY BARTHOLOMEW MADUKWE & MICHAEL NWOPOKE
LAGOS — A 24-year-old police constable, Gaius Asogwa, was yesterday arraigned before an Ebute-Metta Chief Magistrate Court in Lagos, on one-count charge of unlawful killing of a commercial motorcyclist, popularly called Okada rider.

Constable Asogwa was alleged to have killed the commercial motorcyclist, Sunday Okoli, 45, by pushing him off a moving cycle on June 27, 2012, at  about 8 p.m, at Iba new site, Ishashi area of Lagos.

According to the prosecutor, Inspector Richard Odigie, “the offence committed by the constable contravened section 221 of the criminal laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.”

However, the presiding magistrate, Miss S. O. Solebo refused to take the plea of the accused who pleaded not guilty, and ordered that he be remanded in prison’s custody, pending the outcome of advice on the matter from the Director of Public Prosecution, DPP and adjourned the matter till June 10.

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