An Igbosere High Court, yesterday, sentenced a former Divisional Police Officer, DPO, CSP Segun Fabunmi, to 10 years in prison for manslaughter.
Fabunmi had during the 2012 fuel protest, shot one Ademola Aderintola Daramola to death, in Lagos.
Presiding judge, Justice Olabisi Akinlade, also found him guilty of shooting three other persons, Alimi Abubakar, Egbujor Samuel and Chizorba Odoh, thereby causing them grievous bodily harm.
Justice Akinlade sentenced him to five years on this count, but both sentences are to run concurrently.
The convict, a resident of Number 12 Oyewole Street, Ogudu, Lagos, was arraigned on May 5, 2013 by the Lagos State Government on a seven-count charge bordering on murder, attempted murder and causing grievous bodily harm.
As at the time of the incident, he was the DPO in-charge of Pen Cinema Police Station, Agege.
He led his men to Yaya-Abatan area of Ogba, following intelligence report that there was a disturbance in that area.
In its judgment, the court agreed with the convict that there was indeed a mob at the scene of the incident, but said he gave conflicting testimonies on whether or how an attempt was made to snatch his AK47 rifle and who fired the weapon.
Justice Akinlade also rejected his counsel’s argument that the shooting was because the convict struggled with the mob to retain possession of his rifle.
Relying on testimonies of witnesses and all the evidence tendered, Akinlade said: “The only conclusion that can be drawn is that the defendant recklessly shot his rifle and in the process the bullet hit the deceased. He definitely knew that shooting an AK47 can cause grievous bodily harm to anyone the bullet hits.
“The fact that he was on a lawful duty does not mean that he should have shot his gun sporadically.”
The judge held that the prosecutors, Lagos Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, Mrs. Idowu Alakija, and Assistant Director, Mrs. Abiola Adeyinka, satisfactorily proved the offence of murder, but the evidence provided by the convict’s team led by Mr. George Oguntade, SAN, availed the convict of the defence of provocation, resulting in the lesser charge of manslaughter.
“The defence of provocation will avail the convict. It is evident that there was no time for his passion to cool before the gun was fired.”
The deceased, Ademola, a fashion designer, was shot around 9am on January 9, 2012, when the convicted Divisional Police Officer led a patrol team comprising five junior officers to Yaya-Abatan and Abeokuta Streets around Ogba area of Lagos.

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