Death may not have saved the policeman, who shot and killed three people and killed himself at a Lagos Hotel in Ketu area of Lagos State as the police in the state have concluded arrangement to go ahead with his trial. This came as the police command is investigating the legality of the posting of the policeman to the hotel where the killing took place. Residents have also been warned to desist from selling or giving alcohol and other forms of liquor to uniformed personnel.
The deceased policeman, Sergeant Stephen James, will still undergo trial and would be dismissed from the force.
The state police boss, Fatai Owoseni, who confirmed this on Sunday, condemned the killing of the brothers, Taiwo and Kehinde and their friend, Jeje. The police boss stated that the deceased policeman’s uniform would be used to represent him during his trial. A police source at the state police headquarters told Lagos Metro that the posthumous trial is to serve as a deterrent to police officers who see death as a way of escaping from justice.
“The CP is not happy with the killing and he is determined to ensure that justice is done even when the policeman has killed himself,” the source said. With the posthumous trial and dismissal, the family of the killer policeman would not be entitled to any gratuities from the Nigeria Police Force. The image maker in charge of the state police command, Joe Offor told Lagos Metro that the police would also investigate the posting of the policeman to the hotel. He also added that the police would look at the source of the liquor which got the policeman intoxicated while also pointing out that it was an offence to sell or give liquor to police officers while on duty.
A resident who lives beside the hotel, but refused to mention her name for fear of being persecuted, revealed that the late police officer had often told people that he was in charge in the hotel and that the security of the hotel was in his hands. “Many times, he had threatened people, both residents of this area and those who patronise the hotel. “When he is charged, he would yell at people at any slight provocation and threaten to shoot and kill. “He would often say he is on official assignment and as a result, has licence to kill and that he could kill and label a person an armed robber and that instead of punishing him, the police authority would promote him,” the woman said.