Air Force Officer Guns Down German-born Nigerian, Oguchi Unachukwu In Imo Cargo Airport
Oguchi Unachukwu, a Nigerian on his way to Germany, was allegedly shot and killed by members of the Nigerian Air Force’s 211 Regiment in Owerri, Imo State, on Monday.
Oguchi was slain at the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport’s tollgate.
He was on his way to catch a flight to Lagos, from whence he planned to go to Germany.
Onyekachi, Oguchi’s older brother, told reporters on Tuesday that one of the Air Force officers shot him after he drove away from a checkpoint on Airport Road after they had waved him down.
“The Air Force personnel stopped my brother, and he stopped,” he added. He moved after they had stopped him, assuming they had told him to go, not realising that they had told him to park by the roadside so they could search him and his vehicle.”
The anguished Onyekachi charged the security authorities with bringing justice to his family, saying it was sad that Oguchi was slain by security officers who were supposed to protect him.
The deceased’s remains were said to have been deposited in the Federal Medical Centre’s morgue in Owerri.
Photographs of the deceased bathed in blood, which circulated online, were seen by our correspondent.
The dead had been in Owerri for around three months, according to a source, and had just dedicated his second daughter in church two months ago.
When approached, Bala Elkana, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, said he couldn’t speak for another security organisation.
Simeon Simeon, a spokesman for the Nigerian Air Force in the state, said he was unaware of the occurrence.
“This is not correct. I’m not aware of the incident, but how could Air Force soldiers shoot someone?” he wondered.
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