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Police arraign policeman accused of killing ex-minister’s niece

Police arraign policeman accused of killing ex-minister’s niece

- The police officer who allegedly killed a niece to the former minister of finance Nenadi Usman has been granted bail

- Inagozie Godwin was granted bail of N50 million by a court presided over by Justice A.O Ebong

- Godwin pleaded not guilty to the charges of homicide levelled against him by the police

The Nigeria Police on Friday, November 9, arraigned a deputy superintendent of police, Inagozie Godwin, over the alleged killing of Anita Akapson, a niece to a former Minister of Finance, Nenadi Usman in Abuja.

Punch reports that Godwin, 36, pleaded not guilty to the killing of Akpason at about 9.45 pm at Katampe area of Abuja on October 13, 2018.

Representing the prosecutor, Donatus Abah, alleged that the offence of culpable homicide was contrary to section 22(3) of the Penal Code and punishable under section 22(4) of the same code.

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The judge over the case, Justice A. O Ebon granted bail to the defendant in the sum of N50 million with two sureties in like sum.

The judge also dismissed the objection by the prosecutor to the bail application stating that the prosecutor failed to adduce cogent reasons under the law to object the bail.

Justice Ebong said the offence of culpable homicide was not punishable by death, but by a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

He further adjourned the matter to Thursday, November 29 for trial.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the inspector general of police, , Ibrahim Idris, had ordered the detention and investigation of policeman accused of killing Akapson.

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Jimoh Moshood, the police spokesperson in a statement on Monday, October 15, said the IGP had directed the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) commissioner of police, Bala Ciroma, to detain and personally investigate the policemen accused of killing the lady who was reportedly shot dead on Saturday night, October 13, at Katampe Extension, Abuja.

Idris also commiserated with the family of the deceased and assured them that justice will be done in the matter.

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Source: Legit.ng

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