Court Sentences Nigerian Police Sergeant To Death By Hanging For Killing 19-Year-Old Undergraduate
Timade Emmanuel, a dismissed police sergeant, has been sentenced to death by hanging for killing a 19-year-old undergraduate of the Niger Delta University, Amassoma, Tarila Nikade.
The policeman was dismissed from service following a petition from the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and public outcry by the Bayelsa State Police Command after he was found guilty during a Room Trial.
However, after two years of legal tussle, Justice M.A. Ayemieye of Bayelsa State High Court 11, Yenagoa, convicted Emmanuel for the crime and ordered that he should die by hanging.
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Justice Ayemieye’s ruling came after listening to three witnesses called by the Human Rights Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Sagbama, on the two-count charge of conspiracy to commit murder and murder brought against the Police sergeant.
The judge in his ruling agreed that pieces of evidence showed that the deceased was shot in the back in cold blood and convicted the former police officer for extrajudicial killing.
Meanwhile, members of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Sagbama chapter, have expressed relief over the ruling.
Speaking on the judgement, NBA National Public Interest Litigation Committee, Wisdom Meni Adike also known as Junior Gani, said the prosecution of the killer policeman lasted for two years.
He alleged that there were attempts by some senior police officers from the State Police Command to frustrate the prosecution and subsequent conviction of Mr. Emmanuel by the court.
Adike recalled that in 2019, the Human Rights Committee of NBA Sagbama through its then chairman, Dise Sheila Ogbosere and the incumbent Chairman, George Ebinyo Aderigha, took over the case to ensure that justice was served.
“We immediately went to the scene of the crime,” he said. The NBA Sagbama Branch conducted a high-level investigation. The death of Tarila Nikade, for example, sparked widespread outrage.
“The investigation of the murder of Tarila Nikade, was filled with lots of issues including that of conflict of interest where the NBA Sagbama had to fight out with the Nigerian Police Force.
“The officer Timade Emmanuel was immediately tried in Orderly Room trial by the Nigerian Police Force and later found guilty and dismissed. We later dragged him to court for murder.
“At a point, NBA case file was almost hijacked but we insisted on getting copies of all the case files with the police. We also took all the witnesses into protective custody over alleged threats by friends of the culpable policeman. They didn’t have a choice but to work with us.
“He was shot in the back, according to autopsy and witness accounts. Before he was shot in cold blood, the deceased boy had a 4.42 CGPA and was learning barbering during his vacation.”
Adike expressed her delight at the verdict, emphasising that it is a victory for all those who fought for justice throughout the legal process.
“We are content. We applaud the State Ministry of Justice and its Counsel, the Legal Adviser of NBA, Sagbama (now the Chairman of NBA Sagbama), George Ebinyo Aderigha Esq., and the Nikade family for persevering in the face of adversity.
“Finally, it is a responsibility we owe ourselves to ensure that justice and checks and balances are maintained in our society,” he added.
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