Bitrus Hosea, dismissesed policeman sergeant alleged to have shot dead a female colleague on duty in Rivers State, has denied the crime.
Read Also: COVID-19: NCDC Targets Two Million Tests In Three Months
The policewoman, Lovender Elekwechi, also a sergeant, was allegedly shot in the head by Hosea at the Eneka Market roundabout in the Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Port Harcourt last Thursday.
The police said the offence was punishable under Section 319 (1) of the Criminal Code, Cap 37, Laws of Rivers State of Nigeria, 1999.
Read Also: Reps Want Illegal Chinese Immigrants Deported
The accused, who was arraigned at a Chief Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, however, pleaded “not guilty” to the charge, claiming that he was not aware of the place called the Eneka roundabout, where the said incident was said to have occurred.
He said although he had served in Rivers State for almost three years, he is not familiar with the names of places he had visited in the course of his duty.
“I am from Taraba State; I have served in Rivers State for almost three years. I am not familiar with the Eneka roundabout, I believe we passed through that place, but I am not sure of the name of the places we have worked,” he said.
Read Also: FG’s Rice Palliative To Akwa Ibom May Not Be Safe For Consumption – Emmanuel
“When we were on Eliozu Road, the fuel in our Hilux van was exhausted; while we parked there, another Hilux van came and parked in front of our van. Some persons in mufti started pointing at me that I was the one, who shot the policewoman; they started beating me and tried to snatch my rifle.
“But I refused to let go of my rifle, because I did not know them. One of them even cut me on my head with a machete and I fell down and lost my two phones. The Divisional Police Officer came and took away my rifle and said I had 15 rounds of ammunition left in it, but I told him that 29 rounds of ammunition were in the gun.
Read Also: Witches Challenge Apostle Suleman With $1,000 To Heal COVID-19 Patient
“The next thing I saw was my picture everywhere on the social media that I was the one who killed the female police sergeant.”
The Chief Magistrate, Ipalibo Iyiabo, remanded the accused person in a correctional facility, and transferred the case file to the Director of Public Prosecutions for legal advice as the court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the matter.
Read Also: Reps Ask FG To Establish COVID-19 Testing Centres In All 774 Local Govts
Iyiabo adjourned the matter till May 26, 2020, for mention.
According to PUNCH Metro, the state commissioner of police, Joseph Mukan, had earlier disclosed that Hosea had been dismissed from the Force.
PUNCH said Mukan in a telephone interview, disclosed that Hosea had undergone an orderly room trial and was found culpable of murder.
Read Also: Deaths In Kano Could Be Attempt To Reduce Muslim Population – MURIC
He stated that the command would not have been able to charge him as a serving policeman, hence his dismissal before he was arraigned.
“He (Hosea) is in court. We charged him this morning (Tuesday). We have dismissed him because we cannot charge him as a serving policeman.
“We tried him earlier in the orderly room and he was found culpable of murder. So, it is for the court to determine whether that charge will stand or not,” he stated.