In a first such case of its kind, Corporal Tosin, attached to the police division in the Ekiti Local Government Area of Kwara State, has already been dismissed for killing Inspector Lateef Shuaib. He allegedly shot his colleague after secretly withdrawing up to N300,000 from Inspector Shuaib’s bank account without his consent.
Inspector Shuaib, a father of two, had entrusted Corporal Tosin with his Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card when he fell ill. Apparently, the suspect had withdrawn the money to help his colleague but he then started taking money in bits from the account for his own use until he withdrew up to N300,000.
After Inspector Shuaib found out what had happened, he challenged Corporal Tosin, who then shot him with an AK-47 rifle and buried him at the back of a police barracks. However, he victim’s sister, Sherifat Hammed, was said to have reported the matter to the Osi Police Station on May 10 that her brother had been missing since May 6.
She said she suspected Corporal Tosin because her elder brother informed her when he was sick that he entrusted his United Bank for Africa ATM card to the suspect to help him in withdrawing money. Kwara State Police Commissioner Sam Okaula, said that when the matter was brought to his attention he ensured that discreet investigation was conducted, adding that the suspect was arrested.
According to him, the corporal confessed to the crime and was later dismissed. He was made to face an orderly-room trial for leaving his place of duty and for discreditable conduct and was found guilty.
A First Information Report on the incident read: “Investigation conducted at the Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Ilorin, revealed that on May 6 at about 10pm, while Inspector Lateef Shuaib was defecating inside the bush, very close to the barracks at the Osi Police Station, you Daramola Tosin, callously and viciously traced him to the bush and shot him with your AK-47 rifle that led to his untimely death and you later buried him inside the bush at the back of Osi Police Barracks without the knowledge of anybody.”
It said the offences included culpable homicide, breach of trust and theft, and were contrary to sections 221, 312 and 289 of the Penal Code. Corporal Tosin has been remanded at the Federal Prison, Mandalla and the case has been adjourned until June 21 for mention.