The Supreme Court has reafirmed the sentences of life imprisonment and dismissal handed to a Naval chief, Felix Olanrewaju Odunlami, who murdered a commercial motorcycle rider in Lagos.
Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour, in a lead judgment yesterday upheld the decisions of the General Court Martial and the Court of Appeal, Lagos.
Odunlami was on January 27, 2006 arraigned before a General Court Martial with a three-count charge of manslaughter, loss of service item (for not being able to convincingly account for four rounds of 9mm live ammunition) and conduct to the prejudice of service discipline. The offences were contrary and punishable under sections 68(1) (a), 103(i) AFA 105 and 106 of the Armed Forces Act Cap A 20 laws of Nigeria.
Lieutenant Odunlami (with force number: NN2121) was traveling from the Lagos State Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja to Apapa on July 25, 2005 when, at the Allen Roundabout, Ikeja, a commercial motorcycle ridden by Peter Edeh hit the Naval officer’s car from behind.
On realising that the owner of the car was a military personnel, Edeh was said to have knelt down to beg Odunlami for forgiveness. Unable to overcome his anger, the Naval chief ignored Edeh’s plea; reached for his pistol and shot Edeh in his mouth. He died instantly.