By Onozure Dania, Lagos
A Yaba Chief Magistrate Court, has remanded a dismissed Police Officer, Sergeant Samuel Philips in prison custody who allegedly murdered a teenager, at her home.
Chief Magistrate Mrs Adeola Adedayo remanded the 30 year old dismissed officer, pending the legal advice from the office of the Director of Public Prosecution, DPP.
The defendant whose residential address was not given, was charged before the court on a one- count charge of murder preferred against him by the Police.
The Prosecutor Inspector, Agustine Nwabuisi, told the court that the defendant committed the alleged offence on September 10, 2021.
He said that the incident took place at about 11:30pm, at 5, Mogaji Street, at Ijeshatedo area of Lagos State.
Nwabuisi said ” Philips whilst in a criminal raid operation unlawfully released gunshot into the house/ dwelling of one Monsurat Ojuade, aged 18 years, hitting her two thighs, which led to her death”.
According to him, the offence committed is punishable under Section 223 of the criminal law of Lagos State 2015.
However Magistrate Adedayo, ordered that the defendant be remanded in prison custody pending the legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecution DPP.
The case was adjourned to October 25, for DPP’s advice.
Meanwhile, the Police Public relations officer, Lagos State Command CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, in a press release, said that the killer cop has been dismissed from the Police Force.
Ajisebutu said “This is to inform the general public that Sgt Samuel Philips who was tried for the shooting incident of 11th September, 2021 that led to the death of Monsurat Ojuade has been dismissed from the Nigeria Police Force.”
He said ” Philips was dismissed after being tried for the shooting incident of September, 11, 2021 ,that led to the death of Monsurat Ojuade has been dismissed from the Nigeria Police Force.
According to him, he was dismissed after conclusion of his orderly room trial. “The suspect will be charged to court today (Friday)for murder.”
“Recall that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, had promised that the matter would be properly investigated and that justice would be served. This action is, therefore, done in fulfillment of that promise.
“The Commissioner of Police further sympathises with the bereaved family, and reiterates his earlier promise that justice would be done in this case,”Ajisebutu said.
Similarly, the lawyer to the family of the deceased, Mr Israel Mbaebie, said they received a call from the Police very late on Thursday, 23, 2021, that the alleged Killer of late Monsurat Ojuade, Sergeant Samuel Philips, will be arraigned at Yaba Magistrates’ Court, on Friday, 24 September, 2021.
He said “It will will however, be recalled that we had earlier written a Letter to the Lagos State Police Commissioner dated 20th September, 2021, wherein our clients demanded that the true identity of the said Sergeant Samuel Philips be made pubic and that the “stray bullet” narrative be changed to reflect the true position of things which is to the effect that the bullet that killed Monsurat Ojuade was not a stray bullet but a case of premeditated murder on the part of the killer police.
“We regret to note that while our clients’ demands have been totally ignored if not snubbed by the police, they have gone ahead to fix the arraignment of the alleged killer cop and only informing us just about 12 hours prior to the said arraignment.
“Our clients frown at this disrespectful and lackadaisical attitude of the police and also wonder how it has been easier for them to organise an orderly room trial of the so called killer police without making public their finding till date and now, arraignment without making public the full identity of the culprit as earlier demanded by our clients.
“Justice cannot only be done but justice must be seen to have been done. Our clients feel hard done by. They feel that the police have not dealt fairly with them on this matter. This approach by the police is tantamount to shaving one’s hair in his absence. It is totally unacceptable.
“On our part, we assure all concerned that no matter what happens, the gruesome and brutal murder of late Monsurat Ojuade can never be swept under the carpet. We must ensure that she and her family get the justice that they deserve and desire. Justice must be served and rightly so”, Mbaebie said