Subsidy Removal: Court Gives Verdict On Killer Police

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Segun Fabunmi, a former divisional police officer has been handed a 10 year prison sentence for killing a protester, Ademola Ade in Lagos.

The tragic incident happened during the protest in Lagos in January, 2012 against the removal of fuel subsidy by former president, Goodluck Jonathan.


The Punch reports that Ade who was a fashion designer was shot by Fabunmi who had led a team of junior officers to Yaya-Abatan and Abeokuta Streets around Ogba area of the state. He reportedly shot at Ade and other protesters.

Fabunmi, who was dismissed from the police force after the incidence was found guilty of the crime and was sentenced to 10 years in prison by Justice Olabisi Akinlade of a Lagos state high court in Igbosere on Monday, December 14.

The former police officer was also given a five year sentence for causing bodily harm to three persons, Alimi Abubakar, Egbujor Samuel and Chizorba Odoh.

The judge rejected the argument of the defence lawyer, Mr. George Oguntade, that the tragic incident was an accident after the convict was trying to regain possession of his firearm during a face=off with the protesters.


The judge 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 hit.

“The fact that he was on a lawful duty did not mean that he should have shot his gun sporadically.”

The removal of subsidy in 2012 resulted in a massive protest and occupation in major cities in the country which lasted for one week.

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