The Police on Friday shunned the coroner's inquest into the death of one Ademola Aderinto, allegedly killed by Segun Fabunmi, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Pen Cinema police station, Ogba, Lagos.
Aderinto was allegedly shot to death by Fabunmi on Jan. 9, 2012 at Ogba area of Lagos, during the nationwide protest against the removal of petrol subsidy by the Federal Government.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the inquest was at the instance of a human rights group, Access to Justice (AJ), and the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ikeja Branch.
The court, presided over by Lagos State coroner, Mr Tajudeen Elias, had on March 16, summoned Fabunmi to appear before the court on Friday.
Also summoned were the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Area Commander, Ogba Area Command, Officer-in-Charge of Homicide department, Panti, Yaba, and Officer-in-Charge of the Command's Legal department.
At the resumed hearing on Friday, none of the summoned officers or their representatives was in court to give evidence.
Counsel to AJ, Mr Leonard Dibia, told the court that the summons have been duly served on the concerned officers except the DCP, which rejected service.
Dibia said: "All the summons were issued through the Officer-in-Charge of the command's legal department, Mr Chukwu Agwu.
"Particularly, we have served the DPO that allegedly shot the deceased but unfortunately, none of them is here today so that hearing can commence".
He sought for an adjournment to enable the groups locate and mobilise the family of the deceased to court to also give evidence.
The case was adjourned till April 4 for further hearing. (NAN)