Inspector Monday Gabriel has been arraigned in Lagos for allegedly killing his colleague, Sergeant Felix Okago.
The police inspector was arraigned on Tuesday, June 1, before a Lagos High Court on one count of murder.
The prosecution, led by L.S. Sani, said Gabriel shot the victim to death on May 31, 2020, adding that the offence was punishable under Section 222 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015
The charge read, “That you, Monday Gabriel, on or about 13th of May 2020, around 4.30am at FIRS Head Office, Awolowo Way, Ikoyi, in the Lagos judicial district, did unlawfully kill one Sergeant Felix by shooting him dead with a gun.”
The accused is said to have on that fateful day, gone berserk and opened fire on his colleagues, after a disagreement ensued between them, leading to the death of Okago while others escaped without injuries.
In an attempt to escape, the officer took a patrol van and headed towards third mainland bridge, shooting as he was escaping. He was subsequently intercepted by officers at Bariga.
It was also gathered that no fewer than 30 bullets were shot by the officer.
“He was intercepted by Policemen from Bariga Division along Akoka, disarmed and handcuffed. The rifle and vehicle were recovered while the Inspector is taken to Police Hospital for medical examination as he presented signs of mental depression”
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Justice Sherifat Sonaike adjourned the case till October 26 for trial.