An Ondo State Magistrates’ Court sitting in Akure, on Monday, ordered the remand of a policeman, Idowu Omosuyi, for allegedly killing a truck driver in Uso, Owo Local Government Area of the state.
The cop, attached to the Federal Highway Patrol, allegedly shot dead the driver, Ado Saleh, at a checkpoint on the Akure-Owo Expressway last week Monday.
The defendant was alleged to have shot the deceased in the head following an argument that ensued between them.
The incident sparked a protest by other truck drivers and residents of the town, who barricaded the road while demanding that the killer cop be brought to justice.
Omosuyi was on Monday arraigned on one count of murder.
According to the prosecution, the offence is contrary to Section 316 and punishable under Section 319 of the Criminal Laws of Ondo State.
The police prosecutor, Inspector Goodluck Uloh, told the court that he had filed a motion on notice for the remand of the defendant in a correctional centre.
The counsel for the defendant, Mr Ikujuni Ademola, however, opposed the prosecutor’s application and prayed the court to order his client’s return to police custody.
In her ruling, the magistrate, Mrs Charity Adeyanju, ordered that the defendant be remanded in the Olokuta Correctional Centre and adjourned the matter till December 27, 2019, for the hearing of the motion.