Bribe-seeking police officer who hijacked truck in Oyo dismissed, prosecuted

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The Oyo State Police Command on Monday arraigned a traffic warden, Emmanuel Fagbemi, for driving dangerously and manslaughter before a Magistrate’s court in Oyo Town.

He was also accused of causing the death of Jamiu Ojetunde after he hijacked a truck at a checkpoint.

Mr. Fagbemi and other officers of the Area Traffic office of the Nigeria Police were on duty around Hollywood along Durbar-Akinmoorin expressway on Saturday when they flagged down a pick-up truck loaded with firewood. On the pile of firewood, were some passengers.

Upon being the stopped, the police officers asked why the driver was endangering lives by allowing people to sit on top of the firewood. He was asked to drop them all off at the check point. He did.

When asked for the vehicle papers, the driver had none. The police asked him to drive to the police station which was not up to 1 kilometer away but he refused, Muideen Olagunju, a lawmaker in the Oyo State House of Assembly, who was briefed on the incident, told PREMIUM TIMES.

One witness, Iyabo Makinde, said the driver’s refusal to yield to demand, understood as an attempt to compel him to bribe the officers, infuriated one of the wardens, identified as Mr. Fagbemi.

The driver reportedly explained that he was returning from the farm and had no money.

Police said Mr. Fagbemi commandeered the truck, and attempted to drive it to the police station. He lost control midway, and ran the vehicle into a pole.

The truck flipped and killed one person. Another person who was injured later died the following morning at the hospital, residents said.

The police only held Mr. Fagbemi for the death of one person.

The Magistrate granted Mr. Fagbemi bail with two sureties, one of whom must be a civil servant on Grade Level 9.

Oyo police spokesperson, Adekunle Ajisebutu, confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES that Mr. Fagbemi faced orderly room trial just immediately the accident happened.

He said the Commissioner of Police had received the report of the orderly trial and was reviewing it.

But the outcome of the orderly trial is that Mr. Fagbemi be dismissed, while other officers on duty be demoted by one rank.

A counsel to Mr. Fagbemi said he had already been dismissed, meaning the Commissioner already upheld the recommendation of the orderly room trial.


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