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Nigerian Police Officer Dismissed Over Alleged Killing

The dismissed cop allegedly shot into the air to disperse a crowd at a traffic scene but his bullet killed Saheed Olabomi.

Adamu Garba, a police officer with the Osun command in Southwest Nigeria has been dismissed after a disciplinary panel found him guilty of murder.

An orderly room trial found that Garba, fired a gunshot that killed Saheed Olabomi, a motorcyclist and father of two in Osogbo, the state capital on July 27.

The dismissed cop had reportedly shot into the air to disperse people at a traffic scene around Islaudeen Grammar School, Oke-Onitea area, Osogbo, as an  escort to  an unnamed V.I.P on the said day, with his bullet hitting Olabomi.

The deceased’s family had sought justice when  Olawale Olokode, the Police Commissioner in the state, visited them, promising a prompt response.

A statement by Yemisi Opalola, the Osun police spokesperson, said Olokode had delivered his promise with the accused cop being dismissed from the Force.

“The orderly room procedure has been forwarded to Police Force Headquarters, Abuja, for necessary action towards prosecution,” Opaola said.

“This, the CP believes will serve as a deterrent to other Police officers.”

In Nigeria, cases of extra-judicial killings by the police are rarely prosecuted beyond dismissals. 

In Oct. 2020, Nigerian youths held sit-in nationwide campaigns against police brutality and extra-judicial killings.

Following the protests, the Nigerian Government set up panels across the states to look into the matter. 


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Aishat Babatunde

Aishat Babatunde heads the digital reporting desk. Before joining HumAngle, she worked at Premium Times and Nigerian Tribune. She is a graduate of English from the University of Ibadan.

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