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Policeman dismissed over alleged killing of motorcyclist in Abakaliki

Policeman dismissed over alleged killing of motorcyclist in Abakaliki

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The Police Command in Ebonyi has dismissed a policeman who allegedly shot and killed a commercial motorcyclist in Abakaliki on Wednesday.

The Police Public Relations Officer of the command, Mrs. Lovett Odah, disclosed this to newsmen on Thursday in Abakaliki.

Odah, who expressed sadness over the unfortunate incident, warned that the Police Force would not condone any extra-judicial killing or unethical conduct by its personnel in whatever guise or manner.

She said that the command had dismissed the policeman overnight and noted that the suspect would be arraigned in Court on April 27.

Odah, who described the shooting as an accidental discharge, however, noted that the Police had taken full responsibility, hence the dismissal of the officer from the force.

“What happened was that the officer did not intentionally shoot at the deceased; it was an accidental discharge. It is not excusable, hence the officer will take responsibility for his action.

“The Officer will be arraigned in court tomorrow to face a murder charge and we assure the family of the victim and the public of Justice.

“We further assure the public of our commitment to the protection of lives and property of every citizen.

“We implore the general public, especially members of the Okada Riders Union, to remain calm and not to take laws into their hands by embarking on riotous protests as the Police will do everything to ensure justice, ” Odah said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the policeman who is attached to the Anti Kidnapping Unit of the command, on Wednesday evening shot and killed one Mr. Ejike Ofim for alleged refusal to obey a stop-and-search order.

NAN also reports that protests by members of the Okada union have rocked Abakaliki,  leading to deployment of anti-riot policemen in strategic locations in the state.

The protests also paralysed commercial and economic activities for some hours before normalcy was restored.


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