Twenty three police officers are currently facing trial in Lagos State for various acts of brutality including murder, manslaughter and causing grievious bodily harm.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said on Friday that the state had commenced “the work of rebuilding Lagos and ending police brutality.”
He said on Twitter that the prosecutions were to “show our commitment” to the fight against violation of human rights in the state.
The police officers facing trial are: Inspector Surulere Irede, Sgt. Sunday Ogunyemi and Corp. Hezekiah Babatunde all of them for manslaughter; Ogunyemi Olalekan for murder and Sgt. Gbanwuan Isaac for causing grievous bodily harm.
Others are Aminu Joseph for murder; Sgt. Alechenu Benedict for armed robbery; Sgt. Adebayo Abdulahi for involuntary manslaughter ; Inspector A. Mohammed for armed robbery, Matthew Ohansi for murder; Sgt. Segun Okun and Captain Adekunle Oluwarotimi for manslaughter and attempted murder.
Similarly, Adamu Dare for murder; Sgt.Mark Argo and 5 others for conspiracy and armed robbery; Corporal Pepple Boma for manslaughter; and Inspector Emmanuel Akpodana for attempted murder, Emmanuel Uyankweke for manslaughter; Akanbi Lukmon for involuntary manslaughter; and Edokhe Omokhide for murder.
In a separate statement on the matter, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN) asked the public to “keep track of our on-going diligent prosecution of these matters in the overall public interest.”