A police inspector, Monday Gabriel, has been charged with the murder of his colleague, Sergeant Felix Okago, before the Lagos State High Court.
On Tuesday, June 1, the defendant was charged with one count of murder.
The prosecution, led by L.S. Sani, stated that Gabriel shot and killed the victim on May 31, 2020, and that the crime was punished under Section 222 of the Lagos State Criminal Law, 2015.
The indictment stated, “That you, Monday Gabriel, on or about May 13, 2020, at approximately 4.30 a.m. at FIRS Head Office, Awolowo Way, Ikoyi, in the Lagos judicial district, illegally shot and killed Sergeant Felix.”
The defendant entered a not-guilty plea.
Trial was postponed till October 26 by Justice Sherifat Sonaike.
After an argument, the accused went insane and opened fire on his coworkers on that tragic day, resulting in the murder of Okago while the others fled unharmed.
In an attempt to flee, the officer drove a patrol vehicle towards the third mainland bridge while firing his weapon. Officers subsequently apprehended him in Bariga.
It was also determined that the officer fired no less than thirty shots.
“On May 31, 2020, at approximately 04:30 hours, Area A Command received a distress call indicating that one Inspector Monday Gabriel from No. 21 Police Mobile Force Squadron Abuja, on Special duty in a Federal Government facility in Ikoyi, Lagos, had gone berserk and began shooting erratically,” the Lagos State Police Command had disclosed in a statement.
Sergeant Felix Okago, who was on Special duty with the Inspector, succumbed to his gunshot wounds, while others escaped unharmed. In an attempt to flee, he boarded a patrol van and drove towards the third mainland bridge, firing as he fled.
“Police from the Bariga Division apprehended him along Akoka, disarmed and handcuffed him. The firearm and car were recovered, and the inspector was sent to the police hospital for evaluation after exhibiting symptoms of mental distress.