Just In: Court Sentences Police Inspector to Death for Killing Phone Dealer

Just In: Court Sentences Police Inspector to Death for Killing Phone Dealer

  • Inspector Ubi Ebri of the Nigeria Police Force was sentenced to death by the Delta State High Court in Asaba
  • The inspector was sentenced for fatally shooting phone dealer Onyeka Ibeh during a routine stop
  • The court's decision was praised by the victims's families and the Ministry of Justice as a landmark judgement

Asaba, DeltaInspector Ubi Ebri of the Nigeria Police Force has been sentenced to death by the Delta State High Court in Asaba.

The court, under the leadership of Justice C. D Diai, found Ebri guilty of murdering Onyeka Ibeh, a prominent phone dealer in Asaba.

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The incident that led to the death

As reported by The Punch, the incident occurred when Ibeh and his wife were stopped by a police team for a routine search while driving from Ugbolu to Asaba on April 5, 2023.

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Despite waiting patiently, Ibeh and his wife were ignored for an extended period.

Frustrated by this treatment, Inspector Ebri opened fire on their vehicle, fatally striking Ibeh in the head.

Fortunately, Ibeh's wife, who was beside him, was unharmed. This unjust act sparked public outcry, prompting protests in Asaba demanding justice, as reported by Vanguard.

The trial and sentencing

Following the trial, the court's decision to sentence Ebri to death was hailed as a landmark judgement by the prosecution and the family of the deceased.

E.H. Edema, a Director in the Ministry of Justice, expressed satisfaction that justice had been served.

Ifeanyi Ibeh, the deceased's brother who was present during the verdict, praised the court for delivering justice to their family and the wider community.

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Tinubu sacks Arase, Police Boss appointed by Buhari

In another report, president Bola Tinubu has sacked Solomon Arase as the chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC).

Arase, a former Inspector General of Police, was appointed by as the PSC chairman by ex-president Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.

Shortly after the termination of his appointment, Hashimu Argungu, a deputy Inspector-General of Police, was named the new PSC chairman.

Tinubu also appointed Chief Onyemuche Nnamani and DIG Taiwo Lakanu as secretary and member of the PSC respectively.

Source: Legit.ng

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