Police Officer sentenced to 12 years for killing Banker


Justice Silvanus C. Oriji of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court sitting at Apo, Abuja, has sentenced a po­lice officer, Olotu Owoicho, to 12 years imprisonment for causing the death of one Mrs Doris Nonye Okere.

The deceased Mrs Doris Nonye Okere, who was a cashier with the then Bank PHB at Wuse Zone 1 branch, lost her life on January 31, 2011 when the convict of Squad­ron 44 and chief security officer in charge of all security operatives at Zenith Bank, Mpape, opened fire on a taxi conveying the deceased with her barely 11-month old son to work.

Owoicho was said to have pulled the trigger when the taxi driver allegedly ignored his warn­ing not to make a U-turn in front of the bank. Bullets from his gun instantly killed Doris, forcing sym­pathisers to set the bank ablaze.

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Owoicho, father of four, was subsequently arraigned on June 28, 2011, on a two-count charge of culpable homicide punishable with death and also causing griev­ous harm by reckless use of firm arm.

After listening to the plea of Owoicho’s counsel, Barrister Noah Imoni, urging the court to tamper justice with mercy as he had been in prison custody since December 31, 2011, the judge sentenced him to the term of 12 years, running retrospectively from June 28, 2011.

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