A Police corporal, Christopher Ali, has been dismissed for “accidentally” killing two nursing mothers at a funeral in Fugar, headquarters of Etsako Central Local Government Area of Edo State.
Corporal Ali’s dismissal followed an Orderly Room trial by the state police command, which found him guilty of murder.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, Stephen Onwochei, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), told reporters in Benin, the state capital, that of the two policemen arrested, one of them was found culpable.
Onwochei said: “The policeman has been tried in the Orderly Room. He is a corporal. As I speak with you, he has been dismissed.
“Hopefully, by next week (this week), he will appear in court. Police officers should be guided by Force Order 237, which spells out the use of arms, among officers”.
It would be recalled that two nursing mothers were killed at a funeral when a policeman’s gun was accidentally discharged at Ivhiokhile Quarters in Fugar.
A two-month-old baby strapped to the back of one of the victims was almost hit by the stray bullet.