A police Inspector is to die by hanging, Justice Adolphus Enebeli has ruled in Port Harcourt today.
In a monitored report on Rhythms 93.7FM, Enebeli at the High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, River State capital, sentenced the police Inspector, Samuel Timothy for shooting one Onyekachi Nwasouba to death in 2010.
Timothy, who was rounding off his career as a policeman, after serving in the force for 33 years, labeled Onyekachi, a graduate of Industrial Chemistry from the University of Port Harcourt to death on 10 November 2010 at about 5am.
The deceased, Nwasouba, a producer and distributer of sachet water, had gone to supply his customers when he was pursued and killed by the Inspector.
The court had learnt that, Onyekachi, who kept shouting he was not a robber, was pursued by a patrol van led by Timothy to the frontage of his house, where he was eventually shot dead at close range.
In his judgement that lasted three hours, Justice Enebeli said, the convict, who had been standing trial since 2010 alongside a Corporal Moses, displayed an act of inhumanity.
The judge noted that, going by the testimonies of witnesses (including members of the patrol team), the convict was an “inhuman-trigger-happy policeman, who engages in murder; a hater of humankind and merciless killer, after hearing that the victim was an ordinary pure water seller.”
Justice Enebeli stated that, the inhuman act was deliberate and however ruled that Samuel Timothy was to die by hanging. “According to Section 319 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I do not have the power to reduce your sentence. That, you, Inspector Samuel Timothy, be hanged on your neck until you are dead.”
Meanwhile, Corporal Moses, also standing trial, was discharged and acquitted by the court on the grounds that all members of the patrol team on the fateful day were not in conspiracy to kill the deceased.
Story by: Dayo Emmanuel