The Ekiti State Police Command had announced the dismissal of a corporal, Ayodele Famodimu, who shot a commercial driver, Olabode Ojo, dead at a checkpoint in Oye-Ekiti Tuesday evening.

Famodimu was said to have been dismissed after undergoing an orderly room trial.

He also appeared in court on Thursday and was remanded in prison custody.

The dismissed corporal shot Ojo in the head for refusing his demand for a gratification of N50 at the checkpoint.

Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Alberto Adeyemi who confirmed Famodimu’s dismissal said policemen are not trained to kill civilians but to defend lives and property.

Adeyemi said: “He (Famodimu) has already been dismissed and as I am talking to you now, he is an ex-policeman. The case is now in court and we have handed everything over to court to decide his fate.

“We did not train him to go and kill law-abiding citizens, we trained him to safeguard lives and property. Any of his likes that goes against the law will face the music.”

Famodimu was arraigned before an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrate’s Court where he was slammed with the charge of murder.

Police Prosecutor, Inspector Johnson Okunade, brought a remand order to the court. He said there was cause to order the remand of the accused in custody for a reasonable length of time.

Okunade said the accused was suspected to have committed the offence of the murder of a driver, Olabode Ojo and attempted murder of Azeez Ayodimeji.

The offence, according to him, was punishable under Sections 319 and 324 of Criminal Code Cap C16 Laws of Ekiti State 2012.

He said the accused person committed the offence while in possession of offensive weapons and was arrested with exhibits and was identified by witnesses.

Defence counsel, Mr. Sunday Ochayi, did not oppose the remand order but said the remand order was an aftermath of negligence.

Ochayi described the defendant as a police office officer who was negligent in the line of his duty. He asked for an adjournment to enable him study the case file.

Chief Magistrate Adesoji Adegboye, ordered the remand of the accused person in prison custody.

Adegboye adjourned the case to 28th December for the mention.


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