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Extra-judicial killing: Cases mount in Abia, Ohafia boils as drunk police officer guns down indigene

Extrajudicial killing: Cases mount in Abia, Ohafia boils as drunk police officer guns down indigene

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Few hours after the Abia State Commissioner of Police, Ene Okon warned its officers and men on rules on weapon handling, a police constable has killed an Ohafia indigene at Ebem Ohafia last Friday night.

The victim has been identified as Friday Ifeanyi Arunsi from Ebem Ohafia and a loader with the truck and the area is boiling as angry youths protest.

With this, the incidences of extrajudicial killings in the state within two weeks has risen to three, as the Abia State CP acknowledged them.

Confirming the Ohafia killing, the CP said the incident happened last Friday by 11 pm at Ebem Ohafia.

According to CP Okon, the Corporal who was not on official duty and was on their was from a drinking spree, was in company of two others; an Assistant Superintendent of Police, and a Sergeant.

He informed that their vehicle had hit the truck offloading goods and the police officers alighted from their vehicle to confront the driver.

The loader, the CP said started querying the actions of the police officers when the constable started shooting sporadically into the air, “and someone was killed”.

CP Okon said the three are already in detention, assuring, “justice must be done” after investigation which has already commenced.

Eye witness reports from Ohafia said the tragedy happened at Eni Njoku road, Ebem Ohafia few metres away from the Police Barracks, while the victim died later at the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, while another sustained bullet injury at the leg.

Based on the killing, the Ohafia youths took to the streets to demand for justice, burnt three police patrol vans, the Ohafia Magistrate Court and part of the Ohafia barracks.

In the cause of the protest the eye witness said, the third person was shot and is battling with his life at Mbem Hospital at Asaga Road, Ebem Ohafia as at the time of filing this report.

Reacting further on the third shooting, CP Ene informed that he had instructed his men not to shoot, adding “Nobody can tell this time where the shooting is coming from as the youths themselves are armed and equally shooting. I have called the area commander and SARS, they all say no one shot anybody”.

When contacted, the State Deputy Chief of Staff, office of the Governor, Ukpai Agwu Ukpai who happens to come from neighboring Asaga community in Ohafia expressed his knowledge of the incident, stating tjat though he was not in Ohafia, that he was expecting a brief on the situation from the Transition Committee Chairman of Ohafia LGA, who he said is on ground, pointing out “everywhere is calm now”.


Accordingly, the member representing Arochukwu/Ohafia at the House of Representatives, Hon. Uko Nkole condemned the incident as “unfortunate” and called on the police to launch full investigation into the matter, while urging the angry youths to calm down as the government had stepped into the matter.

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