By Olalekan Awojodu
The FCT police command on Monday arraigned two dismissed corporals before an FCT High Court, Kubwa, Abuja for killing a 69 year old man, Solomon Eze.
The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Kubwa, Abuja on Monday docked two dismissed corporals, Abubakar Adamu(28), and Ibrahim Alfa(36) for killing a 69-year old man, Solomon Eze.
The incident allegedly took place in May 2020.
At the trial on Monday, the duo pleaded not guilty to the charge leveled against them.
While carrying out an arrest around Karmo, the two ex-policemen who were attached to the FCT Command allegedly shot and killed Eze, who was an innocent passerby.
After the incident, the FCT Police Command carried out an investigation, tried the two men and dismissed them from service.
A two count charge filed by the FCT Commissioner of Police at the High Court, Kubwa, reads in part, “That you ex-corporal Abubakar Adamu, male, 28 years old and you ex-corporal Ibrahim Alfa, male 36 years old, both dismissed officers under the FCT Police Command, Abuja, on or about the 10th day of May, 2020 at about 4pm at Ereke Junction, Karmo, FCT, Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court committed a criminal offence to wit: culpable homicide punishable with death; in that, on the said date, you both caused the death one Mr Solomon Eze, 69 years old opposite Area Court, Karmo, Abuja, when you Abubakar Adamu shot him in the eye with AK47 rifle knowingly that death is a probable consequence of your act. You thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 221 (a) and (b) of the Penal Code Law.”
Meanwhile, the Prosecuting counsel, Donatus Abah, has applied that the two suspects who have been in police custody be remanded in prison custody in Kuje.
The trial judge, Justice Bello Kawu granted Abah’s application and remanded the suspects in prison custody, while the matter was adjourned till January 25, 2021.