Court remands dismissed Nigeria police officer over murder of teenager

Bassey Otu was dismissed before his prosecution.

An Abakaliki Magistrates’ Court on Friday remanded a dismissed police officer, Bassey Otu, in prison for allegedly killing a teenager, Ndubisi Nwanga.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mr. Otu allegedly shot Nwanga in May, during a squabble at the Abakaliki Market.

Mr. Otu had been dismissed by the Nigeria Police before he was charged to court.

The dismissed officer is standing trial on a one-count charge of unlawfully killing Mr. Nwanga and thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 319 (1) of the Criminal Code Cap 33 Vol. 1 of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009.

The Defence Counsel, Ricard Utobo, applied for bail for the accused but the bail was rejected by the court.

The Magistrate, Ifeanyi Solange, ordered that the accused should be remanded at the Abakaliki Prison as the court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the matter.

“This case should be transferred to the High Court which has the jurisdiction to entertain such matter,” she said.


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