A police corporal, Daramola Tosin, is currently cooling his heels in a police cell in Kwara State following his arrest and dismissal from the force for allegedly killing a police inspector, Mr. Lateef Shuaib after stealing his money, Punch reports.
It was learnt that Tosin, who was attached to Ekiti Police Division, shot Shuaib after secretly withdrawing up to N300,000 from Shuaib’s bank account without his permission.
Shuaib had entrusted Tosin with his Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card when he fell ill. After initially withdrawing money for the use of Shuaib – a father of two, Tosin started helping himself with money from the account. He had withdrawn N300,000 before Shuaib found out and rebuked him for stealing from him.
It was gathered that when Shuaib found out, he rebuked him for withdrawing the money without his consent.
The inspector was reportedly defecating when Tosin shot him dead with an AK-47 rifle and buried him at the back of a police barracks.
The victim’s sister, Mrs. Sherifat Hammed, it was gathered, reported to the Osi Police Station on May 10, 2016, that Shuaib had been missing since May 6. She told the police that suspected Tosin because her elder brother informed her when he was sick that he had entrusted his UBA ATM card to the suspect to help him in withdrawing money.
The Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Sam Okaula, said that the woman’s claims was investigated, adding that Tosin was arrested.
He said the corporal confessed to the crime during interrogation. He also said Tosin was dismissed after facing an Orderly-room trial.
“We do not condone crime. We go after anyone including members of the Force who go out of their way to commit crime. We will investigate and prosecute them if found culpable and ensure we gain conviction. This particular dastardly act will not be an exception,” Okaula said.
It was further learnt that Tosin was arraigned on Tuesday before a magistrate’s court in Ilorin which led to many wondering why police took such a serious case to Magistrate court:
The magistrate, Nurudeen Adeyanju, did not take the plea of the accused, as his court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the matter since it was a murder charge.
The magistrate, Nurudeen Adeyanju, who did not take the plea of the accused, said his court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the matter since it was a murder charge. He added that it should be handled by the high court.
He, however, ordered that the accused be remanded at the Federal Prison, Mandalla.
The case was adjourned to June 21, 2016.
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