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A Special Offenses Court in Ikeja, on Wednesday, sentenced a dismissed police sergeant, Ologunowa Ojo, to seven years imprisonment for accidentally shooting a 45-year-old man, Taiye Akande to death with his Ak47 gun.

The prosecution led by O. A Bajulaiye-Bishi, while presenting the case told the court that Ojo who was attached to the Special Protection Unit, Ikeja, Lagos committed the offence at 7.30pm on Feb. 3, 2016 while on guard duty at Frajend Investment Nigeria Limited, Shapati Akodo, Ajah, Lagos.

She said that Ojo shot the deceased in the buttocks during an argument.

The accused while testifying in his defense told the court that he had no intention to kill Akande.

According to him, while he was on duty, he approached some individuals who were sitting on the company’s fence and told them to move away from the fence.

However, Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo in her ruling sentenced him after finding him guilty of manslaughter contrary to the provisions of Section 224 of the Criminal Law of Lagos 2015.

The Justice held that there have been many incidents of extrajudicial killings by the police under the guise of accidental discharge.

She also noted that the sentence should serve as a deterrent to erring officers of the law.

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