ELECTION TRIBUNALBy Uthman Siraja      

There was a mild drama at the premises of a Minna Chief Magistrate court, Wednesday, when a dismissed Police Inspector, Fajuyi Gbenga who was standing trial in a case of culpable homicide, was re-arrested after been discharged from the court based on legal advice from the State Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) in the state Ministry of Justice. 

The dismissed Inspector was earlier arraigned before the Minna Chief Magistrate Court No1 in May 2020, on two count charges which bordered on incest and culpable homicide, which contravened section 39 and 221 of the penal code; one of the charges carried death penalty if found guilty by court of competent jurisdiction.

 He was alleged to have been having canal knowledge with his 13 year old biological daughter which resulted to putting her in a family way.  When the daughter put to bed in the early 2020, he took the new born baby to a nearby river bank and killed her and buried her in a shallow grave to cover up his satanic tendency.

When he was earlier arraigned, he was ordered to be remanded in the Minna Correctional Centre on the orders of Chief Magistrate Nasir Mu’azu and directed that his case file be duplicated and forwarded to the office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), for legal opinion “this court has no jurisdiction to try the case. I’m just holding pre-trial into the case. When the legal opinion comes out, the appropriate court of competent jurisdiction will take over the case from my court”. He was then ordered to be remanded in the Correctional Centre pending the outcome of the legal opinion.

When the legal opinion came out after nine days from the office of the DPP Tuesday, he was exonerated from the offenses and discharged accordingly by the Chief Magistrate. While the legal opinion advises that his wife, the biological mother of his daughter should be prosecuted for concealment other information.

The drama, however ensued when he was to leave the court premises, he was immediately whisked awy by the the operatives on court duty led by the prosecutor of the Chief Magistrate Court, Malam Ahmed Sa’idu Kongoma ASP and was handcuffed  back to the state Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), where he will be re-arraigned before the court for fresh charges.

However, Newsline gathered from the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) headquarters that the dismissed police Inspector under interrogation told the team of detectives that he bought his way out through the investigative police officer (IPO), who took his statements when he was earlier arrested. It was further gathered that he told his interrogators that he sold his car and part of his savings to bribe his way which was why the legal opinion from the office of DPP favoured him. 

Already, the operatives of the Homicide Squad of the SCID have commenced full scale investigation to fish out the IPO involved in the alleged bribe from the dismissed Inspector. When contacted for his comments, the state Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Barrister Moses Chiroma told Newsline that his legal opinion was based on the findings of the legal department of the SCID and the content of the case file brought to his office. “I’m not the investigating police officer (IPO) that investigated the case. I only gave my own legal opinion from the file brought before me and is not within my purview to just go and give legal advice outside what is brought before me. So the legal advice was based on the IPOs that investigated the case.” he told Newsline.