By Ayo Kehinde
The Nigeria Police Force, Abia State Command has confirmed the killing of a young man by name Ifeanyi Arunsi on Friday by a drunken policemen during an argument.
According to a statement by the Command, 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, bullet hit the victim on the buttocks.”
While condemning the killing, the Command said it has arrested the erring policemen for further investigation.
In a statement the PPRO officer of the Command, SP Geoffrey Ogbonna, said the Commissioner of Police Abia State, CP E. Ene Okon has commiserated with the immediate and extended families of the deceased as well as the entire Ohafia people.
He said the Commissioner of Police appealed to the youths and people of Ebem Ohafia to eschew violence and destruction of Police/government property while assuring that justice must be done.
He said; “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.”