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Timilehin: Killer policeman dismissed, to face trial

Timilehin Ebun
The Lagos State Police Command has dismissed a police sergeant, Razaq Alowonle, for shooting and causing the death of a nine-year-old boy, Timilehin Ebun, in the Ketu area of the state.

Punch Metro had reported that the deceased was killed in his father’s vehicle on June 13, 2013, by a stray bullet suspected to have emanated from Alowonle’s rifle.

Following the incident, a police delegation, led by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the State Criminal Investigation Department, Damilola Adegbuyi, promised the slain boy’s parents that justice would be served.

The police authorities subsequently ordered that Alowonle should be given an orderly room trial on July 29, 2013.

A source at the Police B Operations Department, who made Alowonle’s dismissal letter available to our correspondent, explained that the police commissioner had ordered Alowonle’s dismissal.

The source said the sergeant would also be charged to court.

Alowonle was also ordered to vacate the police barracks forthwith.

The document stated in part that, “Sergent Razaq Alowonle, with force number, 203693, was of improper conduct and acted in disobedience to lawful order contrary to paragraphs ‘O’ (IV) ‘E’ (111) ‘F’ respectively of first schedule of Police Act and Regulation 370 of 1990.

“Orderly room proceedings reviewed by the Commissioner of Police finds you guilty and approves punishment of dismissal from the force approved with immediate effect on September 6, 2013, and to be prosecuted in court on the appropriate charge.

“Retrieve his uniform and warrant card and eject him from barracks if so quartered and hand him over to the SCID, Yaba for prosecution. PAYPOL should stop subject’s salary forthwith. Treat as important.”

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