Abia State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ene Okon, on Saturday condemned the killing of a youth identified as Ifeanyi Arunsi, by a drunk policeman in Ebem-Ohafia town.
The CP has subsequently ordered the arrest and prosecution of the killer policemen and his colleagues involved in the operation that led to the shooting.
Public Relations Officer, Abia State Police Command, SP Geoffrey Ogbonna, said in a statement that the incident occurred after an altercation between the victim and some porters offloading drinks from a truck.
It reads: “The Nigeria Police Abia State Command has received with regret the shooting incident in Ebem Ohafia by a Policeman which consumed the life of an innocent young man identified as Ifeanyi Arunsi on Friday 17th April,2020 night.
The Policemen led by an Assistant Superintendent of Police who were neither on duty nor on COVID 19 preventive assignment, went out in a private car belonging to one of them to a drinking joint where they got drunk and while going back home, the driver hit a truck off-loading goods.
In an ensuing argument between the Policemen and the people off-loading goods, one of the Policemen, a Constable disappeared from the scene and resurfaced with a Police rifle and started shooting sporadically under the influence of alcohol during which bullets hit the victim otn the buttocks.
This singular act and others of same nature are regrettable, condemnable and not tolerated by both the Nigeria Police Force and its Abia State Command.
The Commissioner of Police Abia State, CP E. Ene Okon commiserates with the immediate and extended families of the deceased as well as the entire Ohafia people.
It is the Commissioner of Police’ appeal to the youths and people of Ebem Ohafia to eschew violence and destruction of Police/government property while assuring that justice must be done.
Meanwhile the erring Policemen have been arrested for investigation and eventual prosecution while the corpse of the deceased has been deposited in a yet to be disclosed morgue by members of his family for preservation.
Further developments will be made public while the investigation lasts.”