Police Brutality: Ogun Judicial Panel Recommends Prosecution of Police Officer

Ogun State Judicial Panel of Investigation on police brutality, human rights violations and extra judicial killings by security operatives has recommended a Police Sergeant for prosecution in a court of competent jurisdiction for attempted murder. 

The Panel made the recommendation at its sitting in Abeokuta during which the police sergeant Gbenga Olajide admitted stabbing one Mr. Olusola Oladunjoye in the neck with a knife. 

The Panel Chairman, Justice Solomon Olugbemi while speaking explained that the panel was left with no other option than to recommend him for immediate prosecution having discovered that he had also fraudulently gotten himself promoted to the rank of Inspector and is receiving Inspector salary.

The Chairman ordered that officer Olajide be immediately handed over to the Ogun State Commissioner of Police for proper investigation, orderly room retrial and prosecution for the offense of attempted murder.

Mr. Oladunjoye had in a petition alleged that Sergeant Olajide stabbed him when he went to a bank in Abeokuta for transaction.

Speaking during cross examination, Sergeant Olajide informed the panel that after the incident, he was tried and charged for an offence of discreditable conduct, found guilty, locked up for more than a month and was also reduced to a Corporal by the Nigeria Police Force.

Wale Oluokun

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