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Police Inspector and ASP on trial for killing 16-year-old Tina Ezekwe in Lagos

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Police Inspector and ASP on trial for killing 16-year-old Tina Ezekwe in Lagos

Police Inspector and ASP on trial for killing 16-year-old Tina Ezekwe in Lagos

The Lagos State Police Command has confirmed that two officers linked to the death of 16-year-old Tina Ezekwe in Iyana-Oworo area of the state are on trial. 

Recall that the killing of the teenager by a trigger-happy policeman last week Tuesday, incited an outrage as many demanded for justice. 

Lagos State Police Spokesperson, Bala Elkana said the two police officers suspected to have carried out the shooting have been arrested and subjected to internal disciplinary proceedings.

Elkana who said the conduct of the two police officers; an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Theophilus Otobo and Inspector Oguntoba Olamigoke fell short of professional standards, stated that they will be prosecuted if found culpable. 

He affirmed that the Lagos Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odomosu had ordered an in-depth investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of the victim at Iyana-Oworo area of the metropolis.

The statement reads; 

“Recall that on May 29, 2020, the state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, ordered an in-depth investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Tina Ezekwe in the Iyana-Oworo area of Lagos State. Investigation so far revealed that the conduct of the two police officers, ASP Theophilus Otobo and Inspector Oguntoba Olamigoke, who were linked to the incident, fell short of professional standards.

“In view of the above, the command has commenced internal disciplinary proceedings against the two officers. While the ASP has been served an official query in line with the provisions of the public service rules, Inspector Oguntoba Olamigoke is undergoing an orderly-room trial at the state command provost’s office.

“The ASP will be appearing before the Force Disciplinary Board sitting in Abuja, whose recommended punishment will be forwarded to the Police Service Commission for approval.

“Meanwhile, the CP assures all stakeholders that as soon as the internal disciplinary proceedings have been duly exhausted and the culpability of the indicted officers established, they will be arraigned.”

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