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Group seeks prosecution of Lagos "killer cop"

16 June 2014, 17:10

Lagos -  Know Your Rights Initiative, the human rights advocacy group, has called for the prosecution of a police officer following the alleged murder of a businessman last month.

In an open letter directed to the Inspector General of Police, the group said despite evidence suggesting Sergeant Godwin Oteme was responsible for the Oyoma Edewor in Festac Town, Lagos, he had not been brought before the courts.

“KnoRights condemn the over zealousness and extra judicial killing of Oyoma Edewor by Sgt. Godwin Oteme. Section 33(3) of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, amendment 2011 gives every person the right to life.

The constitution further states that no one shall be deprived intentionally of his life except in execution of the sentence of a court in respect of a criminal offence for which he has been found guilty,” the group wrote in the letter.

The group said it was “startled” that despite admitting that Sgt. Godwin is not supposed to be on duty the day he committed the heinous crime, the officer who is said to be under police custody at State Criminal Investigation Department (PANTI), had not been arraigned in any court of law.

“KnoRights is requesting the Inspector General of Police to intervene by urgently charging the case to court for murder and armed robbery since the Area “E” Commander told the press that the murder Sgt. Godwin Oteme was not supposed to be on duty on the day of this incident. Since Oteme has been in police custody for weeks and the family of the deceased kept in utter darkness, the case should be charged to court before it becomes the case of ‘unknown soldier,” the group wrote in the letter signed by its Chairman, Olusegun Adeeko and General Secretary, Innocent Dimaku.

– CAJ News

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