Killing Of 300 Level Student: Accused Person Set To Open Defense In Oct 19th&20th 2021

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Yakubu Busari

A Plateau State High Court sitting in Jos Division presided over by, Justice David Mang has adjourned to the 19th &20th Oct 2021, for the opening of defense in a suit filed by the Plateau State Government challenging the unlawful killing of a 300 Level student of the University of Jos.


Prosecuting the matter on behalf of the Plateau state   Barr. Garba Pwul., SAN, said he has closed his case with the 7th witnesses with high expectations that the law will take its course in a case of the killing of the 300 Level student of the University of Jos, Ringji Peter Bala.


The Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Garba Pwul who made this known while taking his last witness the Police IPO, Inspector Martha Bwodang of Crime investigation department, CID, Plateau State Command Headquarters during Monday sitting in Jos, late Ringji Peter Bala, said the PW7 Inspector Martha Bwodang told the court during her cross-examination that the accused person, Sgt  Auta Aruwa and Sgt  Emmanuel Amos are police officers attached to Sector (1) of Operation Safe Haven.


She said as the IPO handling the investigation the accused person, Sgt Auta Aruwa was posted at the gate on 1st April 2020 that very day the deceased was brought in along with his friends, where they were accused of allegedly terrorizing the Hwolshe community of Jos South Local Government Council during the COVID-19 lockdown.


The deceased alongside his friends were arrested and taken to sector 1 office and later release so the accused person, who wasn’t communicated that they were asked to go because they were all running out in the different direction and Sgt Auta Aruwa the accused person tried to stop them but they refused and he mistakenly opened fire which led to the death of Ringji Peter Bala, she said.


We were drafted to the scene where we conducted a thorough investigation on the death of the Ringji Peter Bala, however, PW4 Sgt Emmanuel Amos also in his witness statement wrote that his colleague mistakenly fired his gun when they try to stop the boys but they refused to stop and they were rather scattered all over rushing out of the gate.


Meanwhile, on cross-examination by the accused person counsel, Barr. Emmanuel Madaki to the PW7 Inspector Martha Bwodang said in your statement you also confirmed that the boys refused to stop and he said yes.


I didn’t know that one of them died, the accused person said in his written statements and that of his colleague’s because the incident happened around 9 pm and that whole area was dark, PW7 told the court.


She said that the incident happened around 9 pm and it is practically impossible to see around that time without light.


The Inspector was also asked, according to a witness in the cause of your investigation, it was discovered that a bullet wound was found on the deceased skull only, and she said yes,  she explained that under the Police order 2 rule 37 the accused person shouldn’t have fire gun on an innocent civilian but shot at his legs to arrest.


He told the PW7 Inspector Martha Bwodang that since she wasn’t the soldier that investigated the boys she won’t know the crime they alleged to have committed and she answered in the affirmative, but the officer revealed that they were arrested because the community reported them to STF as members of bad boys who are terrorizing the area, that is why they were investigated and but found with no weapon on them.


PW7 Inspector Martha Bwodang told the court that the accused person used one bullet out of the 30 ammunition given to him but failed to record it on her statement, whether the raffle AK47 holds so, so numbers of ammunition, he added.


PW7 Inspector Martha confirmed that every officer knows that there are 30 magazines loaded with 30 ammunition, but that was not recorded in the accused person’s investigation.


Barrister Emmanuel Madaki disclosed that they are ready to open their defense with only five witnesses and after that, he hopes to close his case within two weeks

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