Ugochukwu Chinyere, a graduate of Abia State Polytechnic in Abia State, has been reportedly killed by police officers attached to the Nigeria Police Force’s (NPF) Aba Area Command after they failed to receive a N50 bribe from a motorcyclist, according to Siggy.
Ugochukwu, a native of the Umuekwensu community in the Ohuru Isimiri, Obingnwa local government area of the state, is an orphan who was sponsored by his poor extended family to attend the polytechnic and achieve success.
Graduate Shot Dead by Police
Ugochukwu was allegedly shot by a team of police officers led by Yahaya, who was stationed at a checkpoint in front of the popular Metrological complex on the Obikabia-Umukalika road in the Obingwa LGA.
“Ugochukwu Chinyere was a passenger in a motorcycle going to Obikabia junction,” Mr. Christopher Nduagu, an eyewitness to the Ohuru Isimiri shooting, said while narrating the incident.
“A police officer at the Umukalika police checkpoint stopped them and demanded their usual N50, but the biker said he didn’t have the money.” They got into a heated argument, prompting late Chinyere’s intervention.
“The police officer who warned Chinyere not to approach him was fired. He was rushed to a private hospital and was declared dead.”
Another eyewitness, who identified himself to Siggy as Linus Alanna, said they were on their way to the hospital off the Ikot Ekpene Expressway to see their brother who had been shot by the Ohuru Isimiri Police team when a police officer from the Azuka Police Station fired and injured their kinsman’s knee.
“We were on our way to Dominion Hospital to see the injured person when police officers and Divisional Police Officers (DPO) from the Azuka police station approached us.”
According to our source, the second victim is receiving treatment at a private orthopaedic hospital along Okigwe road in Aba North LGA.
When our correspondent arrived at the scene of the Obikabia-Umukalika incident in Obingwa LGA, no police team was present in front of the Aba Metrological Complex, Umukalika, as is customary.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, SP Geoffrey Ogbonna, did not return his calls.
At the time of filing this report, Ogbonna had not responded to a text message sent to his mobile phone number by our correspondent.
Although a police source condemned the shooting of unarmed civilians, he claimed that the Azuka incident occurred after the police received intelligence that the youths were planning an attack on the Azuka Police Station.