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Court Remands Dismissed Police Officer Who Shot Monsurat Ojuade To Death

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A Chief Magistrate Court in Yaba area of Lagos
has ordered the 30-day remand of a dismissed police sergeant, Samuel Phillips, pending the legal advice of the State’s Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP).

Sergeant Samuel Philips,who has been dismissed from the police force following the conclusion of his orderly room trial, was brought before Chief
Magistrate Adeola Adedayo on Friday on a one-count
charge for the alleged murder of an 18-year old lady, Monsurat Ojuade.

Monsurat was said to have been hit by a stray bullet on September 11 while the police were on criminal raid investigations in the ljeshatedo area of Lagos.

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Blaze Newz gathered that Monsurat Ojuade died on her way to the hospital.

The one count charge said that Sergeant Samuel
Philips at about 11.30 pm at 53, Mogaji Street
ljeshatedo, unlawfully released gunshots into the
building which hit Monsurat on her two thighs and
led to her death.

At the brief proceedings, the magistrate granted the application made by the prosecutor for the remand of the defendant for thirty days, pending the advice of the Directorate of Public Prosecution.

This is because the magistrate court lacks the
jurisdiction to hear a murder charge and the DPP is to recommend that the murder trial be conducted at the State High Court.

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Further hearings were adjourned to October 25.
After the proceedings, Counsel to the Ojuade family, Israel Mbaebie, asked the police to change its “stray bullet” narrative as to how the deceased died.

He said the bullet that killed Monsurat Ojuade was
not a stray bullet but a case of premeditated murder on the part of the killer police”.

The lawyer also frowned at the failure of the police to make public the findings of its orderly room trial.

Our clients frown at this disrespectful and
lackadaisical attitude of the police and also wonder how it has been easier for them to organise an orderly room trial of the so called killer police without making public their findings till date and now, arraignment without making public the full identity of the culprit as earlier demanded by our clients,” he said.

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Hammed Tajudeen is the editor in-chief of Blaze News, holds Higher National Diploma(HND) in Mass Communication, graduated from Osun State Polytechnic, Iree.

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