22 March 2018 :
Justice Ineikade Eradiri of the Bayelsa State High Court in Yenagoa sentenced a police sergeant, Jilla Lannubo, to death by hanging for the extra-judicial killing of Oruyegha Grand at Agudama.
The incident which took place on May 13, 2017, reportedly occurred when the convicted cop, without provocation, shot Grand at close range, leaving him to die in a pool of his own blood.
At the time, Lannubo, a native of Bokos community, in Bokos Local Government Area of Plateau State was attached to Mopol 30, Bayelsa Command and was deployed to Akenfa Police station for patrol duties before the incident.
The state Special Prosecutor, Arthur Andrew Seweniowor, told the court that the offence was contrary to section 247(1) of the Criminal Code Law. Cap c14 Laws of Bayelsa state, 2006.
But Lannubo who admitted shooting Grand, however said he did so in line with his duty as a policeman, maintaining that the shot was to frighten the deceased as he was trying to escape from arrest.
In the course of the trial, the prosecution had called 15 witnesses, including the deceased’s wife and brother to prove its case that Lannubo shot Grand without any provocation on the said day.