A Lagos State Magistrate’s court has ordered the policeman, Salisu Ibrahim, should be remanded in custody for killing a guard with First Bank Plc, Olanrewaju Majekodunmi.
The Magistrate, O.A. Komolafe, said the cop should be kept in custody pending when his matter would be taken to the High Court.
The police arraigned Ibrahim on Wednesday on one count of manslaughter.
The police prosecutor, Inspector Frank Inah, said the offence, which was committed in the Epe area of Lagos,was contrary to Section 227 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.
It was learnt that the policeman was also guarding the bank and had fired the shots while testing his rifle.
The bullets were said to have hit the 42-year-old, who died at a hospital.
When the suspect was arraigned before the Ebute Meta Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, the Directorate of Public Prosecutions had also released its legal advice.
The legal advice, dated December, 2013 and signed by the Director, Olayide Eboda, stated that the policeman did not intentionally kill the deceased and hence the case did not qualify for murder.
The advice stated in part, “Facts available showed that rifle exploded accidentally, hitting the deceased.”
The advice said it could only establish a prima facie case of manslaughter against the police officer.
The defence counsel, Spurgeon Ataene, prayed the court to admit the suspect to bail, pending his arraignment at the High Court.
In his ruling, the Magistrate refused the bail application of the defence counsel.
Komolafe said, “The legal advice from the DPP shows he has a case of manslaughter. The defendant is hereby refused bail. He is to be remanded pending his arraignment at the High Court.”