The Lagos State Ministry of Justice has released the names of 31 policemen who are currently being tried for human rights violations, ranging from murder, attempted murder, involuntary manslaughter, grievous bodily harm to armed robbery.
The listed policemen were charged separately or in group before the Lagos State High Court between 2012 and 2020. Some have been arraigned, while some are awaiting arraignment.
On the list are Inspector Surulere Irede, Sgt. Sunday Ogunyemi and Corporal Hezekiah Babatunde, who are jointly standing trial for alleged manslaughter before Justice Ogunsanya; as well as Sgt. Segun Okun and Capt. Adekunle Oluwarotimi, who are jointly standing trial for manslaughter and attempted murder before Justice Nicole Clay.
Others charged individually are Ogunyemi Olalekan (murder), Sgt. Gbawuan Isaac (grievous bodily harm), Aminu Joseph (murder), Sgt. Alechenu Benedict (armed robbery),Sgt Adebayo Abdullahi (involuntary manslaughter), Inspector Mohammed and two others (armed robbery), Matthew Chansi (murder), Adamu Dare (murder), Sgt. Mark Argo and five others (conspiracy and armed robbery), and Corporal Pepple Boma (manslaughter).
Also on the list are Insp. Emmanuel Akpodana (attempted murder), Emmanuel Uyankweke (involuntary manslaughter), Akanbi Lukmon (involuntary manslaughter), Edokhe Omokhije (murder), Afolabi Saka (murder), Monday Gabriel (murder), Yahya Adesina (involuntary manslaughter) and Aremu Musiliu (murder).
The Lagos State Attorney General, Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), who released the list, said, “The Lagos State Ministry of Justice has been committed over time to the prosecution of the listed and related cases of police abuses. I call on members of the public to keep track of our ongoing diligent prosecution of these matters in the overall public interest.”