A 21-year-old man, Chukwubuike Onuoha, has been shot dead by a police sergeant recognized as Collins Akpugo.
The incident occurred in Okwulagha Afara Ukwu neighborhood, Umuahia, Abia State.
Mr. Akpugo is alleged to be hooked up to the Special Protection Unit (SPU) of the Nigeria Police Force, Abia State Command.
This newspaper gathered that the incident occurred on Monday evening whereas the deceased was standing in entrance of his father’s compound with different individuals, together with his brother.
Speaking on how the killing occurred, witnesses mentioned Mr Onuoha was shot after he complained about how the police officer flashed his Toyota Hilux van’s gentle on them.
Rather than dim the sunshine, the officer who was believed to be drunk alighted from his car and shot Mr Onuoha on the shoulder.
According to PREMIUM TIMES , efforts by different individuals round together with the deceased’s brother to problem the police officer failed as he threatened them together with his gun. He later shot the deceased, mendacity on the ground, on his chest, left his car and ran away.
One of the witnesses, Okiroro Stephen, who spoke with PREMIUM TIMES late Tuesday evening, mentioned: “He was drunk when he (the police) carried out the act. He was merely told by the youth to dim his full light. Instead, he wasted the life of Chukwubuike and ran away.”
Angered by the police officer’s motion, residents instantly set his car ablaze.
Speaking to journalists throughout the protest, Ngozi Ogbonna, a lady chief from the neighborhood, who led the protesters, mentioned: “We know Collins very well, he is a tenant in our community. He (the police officer) killed our son for no just cause. He was confirmed dead at the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, this morning (Tuesday)”.
“We have gone to the government to complain; we are also going to the police command to express our grievances to them. All we want is justice in this matter”, she was quoted.
Confirming the incident, the state police spokesperson, Geoffrey Ogbonna, mentioned the commissioner of police, Okon Enen, has ordered the investigation of matter and in addition despatched some delegates to the deceased household to commiserate with them.
Before now, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, whereas condemning the incessant killing of harmless residents, mentioned extrajudicial killing is unacceptable.
“…Aside negating our skilled calling, extrajudicial acts of any description or degree by any police personnel is an unacceptable anomaly that creates disdain between the residents and their police and widen the belief hole between them,’’ he mentioned.
He warned that any police personnel that engages in abuse of his or her powers or misuses weapons in utter disregard to statutory provisions can be arrested.
“The person will be investigated through our internal disciplinary machinery and if found culpable, shall be dismissed from service. In addition, such personnel will be charged to court for murder or sundry offences depending on his or her level of criminal liability in the instance.”
“Furthermore, the line supervisors of such officer, including the Area Commander, Divisional Police Officer or Sectional Head, shall be held vicariously liable for lacking supervision and shall be similarly sanctioned,” the police chief mentioned.
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