LAGOS— A Lagos State High Court, Igbosere, has ordered the Ikoyi Prison, Lagos, to produce a 45-year-old police officer, Serg. Ifeanyi Orumgbe, for trial over the alleged killing of one Michael Egwu, allegedly shot during a police stop and search in Festac Town, Lagos.
According to the charge, Orumgbe, while on duty with two other police Corporals, Joseph Manyam and Iriaka Levi, was alleged to have on August 19, 2009, at about 17:00hrs at 5th Avenue, Festac Town Area of Lagos, in the Lagos Judicial Division, killed the deceased following his refusal to stop as ordered by the policemen.
The two Corporals, were said to have lied in an attempt to cover up for Sgt. Orumgbe, who allegedly shot and killed the deceased, who was in an unregistered Toyota Sienna car on August 19, 2009 at 17:00hrs at 5th Avenue, Festac Town of Lagos in the Lagos Judicial.
It was gathered that on August 19, 2009 Orumgbe and the two Corporals, Manyam and Levi, were at 5th Avenue conducting stop and search. About 5:30pm, Orumgbe was informed that two unregistered Toyota Sienna cars were approaching them.
The policemen were said to have taken positions waiting for the two unregistered Toyota Sienna cars. On trying to stop the cars, the policemen were ignored, which made Orumgbe opened fire on the cars.
It was learnt that when Sgt. Orumgbe returned to the station to report the matter to his superior, the deceased was brought to the station, before he was taken to the hospital, where he died.
Sgt. Orumgbe’s alleged offense is contrary to section 319 (1) of the Criminal Code Law Cap C. 17 Vol. 2, Laws of Lagos State, while the second offence of perverting the cause of justice is contrary to section 126 (1) of the Criminal Code Law Cap C. 17 Vol. 2, Laws of Lagos State 2003.