Inspector Samuel Timothy of the Nigeria Police has been sentenced to death by hanging for shooting and killing a sachet water dealer, Onyekachi Nwasouba.
The Punch reports that the ruling of Rivers State High Court is coming about five years after Nwasouba’s murder that happened on November 10, 2010 in Port Harcourt.
Nwasouba was branded an armed robber by the police while he was on his way to distribute his products to customers within the Port Harcourt metropolis.
Although the dealer was shouting that he was only a pure water producer and not an armed robber, a team of police officer led by Timothy shot him dead.
Delivering his judgment on Monday, September 28, Justice Adolphus Enebeli stated that the convict demonstrated an act of inhumanity through his action.
The trial judge said that based on the testimonies of witnesses, the convict was an “Inhuman, trigger-happy policeman, who engages in murder; a hater of humankind and a merciless killer.”
Stressing that the killing of the dealer by the convict was deliberate, Justice Enebeli ordered that Timothy should die by hanging.
“According to Section 319 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I do not have the power to reduce your sentence. That, you, Inspector Timothy Sampson be hanged on your neck until you are dead,” he said.
Meanwhile, one Corporal Moses, who had been standing trial together with the convict, has been discharged and acquitted. The trial judge stated that the policeman never conspired to kill the victim.Just recently, a drunk police officer was caught on camera exchanging blows with a young lady in Lekki area of Lagos.
Two month ago, three police officers brutalised an eight-month pregnant woman in Lagos. The victim had complication as a result of the assault and lost her newborn baby.