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Drama in court as Police officer’s inability to recite service number angers judge, stalls trial

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There was what seems to be a drama in an Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court when a police  Inspector, Olakunle Orebe, was unable to recite his service number by heart on Monday.

The action stalled  defilement trial of a businessman.

Orebe was to testify in the case in his capacity as the Investigating Police Officer (IPO) during the trial of one Sunday Oyedele.

After he had taken the witness oath, Orebe was asked to say his name, rank and service  number by prosecution counsel, Mr Peter Owolabani.

The inspector was, however, spotted by the judge, Justice Abiola Soladoye, trying to read out the number from a piece of paper while in the witness box.

His actions incensed the judge who accused him of unseriousness.

The judge  queried why he did not know the number by heart in spite of serving  for 20 years.

Defence counsel, Mr Kelechi Obi, and Owolabani apologised on Orebe’s behalf but the judge said that the trial would be adjourned due to the action of the inspector.

“A policeman who is not ready to give his AP Number is of no use to this court.

Give another date for trial,” the judge said.

She adjourned the case until July 21 for continuation of trial.

Oyedele is facing a charge of defilement of a child, contrary to Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos 2015.

He allegedly committed the offence sometime in November 2017 at 190 Awolowo Road, Itamaga, Ikorodu, Lagos.

According to the prosecution, Oyedele  defiled a three-year-old (name withheld) by having unlawful sexual intercourse with her.

The defendant faces upto  life sentence if convicted.

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