Police shoot detained, unarmed man after he scaled court fence to escape


The police angrily shot the suspect twice in the leg.

A mild drama occurred on Monday within the premises of the Magistrate Court, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, when a suspect brought in for trial scaled the court fence in an attempt to escape.

The suspect, Sylvester John, was to be arraigned for breaking into his boss’ house, and stealing a cheque of N500 thousand.

He was arrested when he approached Unity Bank in Abeokuta to withdraw the money.

The suspect was brought into the court premises in handcuffs. The investigating officer left him in the car and set to prepare his documents before taking him inside the court room.

Few minutes after the officer left, the suspect realised that the handcuff was faulty. He unlocked the cuff and bolted out of the car.

Mr. John scaled the court’s fence and continued running.

The police and some court staff chased after the suspect. They caught up with him and brought him back to court.

Police extra judicial actions

After the suspect had been caught, the police, visibly angry, shot Mr. John twice on his leg. The suspect was later arraigned whilst he was bleeding profusely.

The suspect told PREMIUM TIMES, that the attempted to escape because he was afraid.

“I thought I was brought to the court to be killed, because while in police detention, I learnt lot of news from inmates that many suspects do not return alive after court proceedings” he said.

When Mr. John was eventually arraigned, he admitted to committing the crime. He was subsequently sentenced to two years imprisonment with an option of N10 thousand fine to be made within 90 days.

The suspect’s lawyer made efforts to take the suspect to court for medical attention, under police supervision.

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