14th June, 2010
The Police Command in Lagos State, Nigeria has dismissed a police constable, Mohammed Abubakar, for allegedly killing a security man attached to the Ifako-Gbagada, Lagos, branch of Intercontinental Bank Plc.
Mr. Frank Mba, the commandâ€™s spokesman, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday that the dismissal followed a directive from the Police Commissioner, Mr. Marvel Akpoyibo.
“The constable was dismissed after he was found guilty in an orderly room trial instituted by the Lagos State Commissioner of police, Mr. Marvel Akpoyibo.
`The suspect is currently being held at the State CID, Panti, and will soon be charged to court for murder,” Mba said.
An investigation by NAN showed that the dismissed policeman was posted to the branch on May 2, the day of the incident.
A source told NAN that a customer of the bank who could not cash money through the ATM machine decided to prevent other customers from using the machine.
This led to an argument between the customer and other customers on the queue and in the process, the late security man, Attah Jacob, 37, tried to intervene.
NAN learnt that when the situation was degenerating, the security man went to call policemen guarding the bank from their post but was shot at by the constable when he knocked at the door.
Jacob was said to have died on the spot from the gunshot wound and Abubakar was later arrested by the other policeman guarding the bank but who was not within the bank premises at the time of the incident.
The remains of Jacob were deposited at the mortuary of Isolo General Hospital on the advice of the bank authorities.
NAN learnt that the corpse was later taken to Ikeja General Hospital mortuary by the bank and family members when they discovered that the corpse was decomposing.
The Media Relations Officer of Intercontinental Bank, Mr. Oluwaseun Adesida, confirmed the incident but said the deceased was not an employee of the bank.
Adesida, however, said that the bank was doing something to help the family with the burial.
However, two family members of the deceased, Messrs. Scotty Uso and Ini Udoh, said the bank had yet to fulfill its promise one month after their breadwinner was killed on duty.
Jacob was employed by Integrated Corporate Services, a security outfit in Ilupeju, Lagos.
Mr. Wole Faweye, spokesman for the security outfit, confirmed that Jacob was an employee of the company who started work in April.
He said the company was working out some form of compensation for the family, including settlement of his entitlements, although the company’s officials had yet to meet with the family.