LAGOS -The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), yesterday said that the police officer alleged to have killed a protester in Lagos during the fuel subsidy removal strike would not escape prosecution.
The Zonal Coordinator, NHRC South West Zone, Mrs. Mausi Segun, told newsmen in Lagos that even if the police failed to charge the cop, he would still face prosecution.
The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Pen Cinema Police Division, Agege, DSP Segun Fabunmi, was alleged to have shot dead a protester, Abiodun Ademola, during the fuel subsidy removal strike and protests earlier this month.
Segun said that the Lagos State Government and the NHRC were preparing to prosecute Fabunmi because he allegedly committed a punishable crime against humanity.
She said that her last conversation with the police authorities revealed that Fabunmi had been moved to Abuja to enable him undergo internal trial before police authorities.
The NHRC coordinator said that the internal trial was based on Fabunmi’s public servant status which required that due process be followed before he could either be freed or prosecuted.
Segun noted that the closed operational style of the Nigerian Police made it difficult for the NHRC and other organisations interested in giving justice to Ademola’s family to know what was their latest position on the matter.
When contacted, the new Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Joseph Jaiyeoba, said that he was not aware of the developments on Fabunmi’s case as he had just assumed duty.