Court sentences dismissed policeman to death for murder

Court sentences dismissed policeman to death for murder


A dismissed Nigeria police Constable, Joseph Omotosho, has been sentenced to death by hanging for the murder of Benson Obodeh, six years ago in Benin.

The deceased, was a car dealer who was arrested by operatives of the disbanded State anti-robbery Squad, Edo State police Command.

The trial to determine Obodeh’s killers, was repeatedly delayed.

According to reports, Joseph Omotosho, Corporals, Adeleke Adedeji, Abena John, Oniyo Musa, Henry Shobowole, were found guilty after undergoing a court trial on eight-count charge of Conspiracy to Steal and murder over alleged car theft incident that happened in 2015.

But the presiding judge of a Criminal High Court sitting in Benin City, Justice Ohimai Ovbiagele delivered the judgement in the Country’s modern history at the Weekend, four months after three other accomplices who escaped during the EndSARS riot when two Correctional centres in Benin City were burgled and inmates escaped.

The court however, suspended the sentencing of the other absconded criminal policemen and thereafter ordered the fifth defendant, Joseph Omotosho to die by hanging.

The family of the 26-year-old Benin based car dealer had discovered that the murderer, stole an unregistered Peugeot 306 car from the the victim, and the sum of N200, 000 cash from him before disappearing with the wallet containing his identity cards and two ATM Cards.

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In his judgement, Justice Ovbiagele described testimonies provided by the claimant as firm adding, “therefore, his judgment was based on “absolute fact” which the Court absorbed as presented by the prosecuting Counsel and all witnesses that appeared before the court”.

His body was later dumped at the Specialist Hospital, Benin City, with a different name unscripted on his lifeless body, claimed by the mortician who received the body from one of the Police Command.

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