It was a disastrous end to a Police cop as the Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, on Monday, sentenced a Police Inspector, Samuel Timothy, to death by hanging after he was found guilty of murdering a university graduate.
The judge, Justice Adolphus Enebeli, convicted him for shooting one Onyekachi Nwasouba, a graduate of Industrial Chemistry to death in University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT).
Inspector Timothy who was said to have committed the crime on November 10, 2015, at No. 34, Old Aba Road, Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, at about 5 a.m.
The deceased, Nwasouba, who was into production and distribution of sachet water, was said to have been branded a robber by the policemen, on the fateful day, after he had gone to distribute his products to his customers. It was gathered that the convict, who led the Police patrol team, pursued him to the front of his house and shot him dead, after he had shouted that he was not a robber.
Delivering his judgment, Justice Enebeli, in a three-hour-verdict, said the convict, who had been standing trial since 2010 alongside Corporal Moses, demonstrated act of inhumanity. The judge pointed out that, going by the testimonies of witnesses (including members of the patrol team) in the matter, the convict was an “inhuman-trigger-happy policeman, who engages in murder; a hater of humankind and merciless killer, after hearing that the victim was an ordinary pure water seller”.
Justice Enebeli maintained that the killing was deliberate and pronounced death sentence on him. “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 Samuel Timothy, be hanged on your neck until you are dead”.
Corporal Moses was discharged and acquitted by the court on grounds that all the policemen on duty that day did not conspire to kill the victim; rather, they wanted to demonstrate esprit de corps.
By Daniel Abia, P/Harcourt