A High Court in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, has sentenced a police sergeant Timade Emmanuel to death by hanging for murdering in cold blood a teenage student of the Niger Delta University, Amassoma, in 2019.
In her judgment, Justice M.A. Ayemieye, said Emmanuel, who has since been expelled by the force, was found guilty of killing 19-year-old Tarila Nikade in the Akenfa area of Yenagoa.
Justice Ayemieye, after hearing from three witnesses summoned by the Human Rights Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Sagbama branch, ruled that evidence showed that the deceased was shot in the back in cold blood.
The state police command had before the final ruling of the court conducted an orderly room trial of the convicted officer and dismissed him from service.
A member of the NBA National Public Interest Litigation Committee, Wisdom Meni Adike Esq. also known as Junior Gani, said Nikade’s death caused public outcry.
“We are satisfied with the judgment. We commend the state’s Ministry of Justice and its counsel who took charge of the matter,” he said.