Tragedy struck in Imo State on Saturday as policemen on stop and search on the Owerri-Orlu Expressway allegedly killed a man, identified as Jude Oguzie, who was on his way to Owerri, Imo State, for a wedding reception.
An eyewitness, who refused to disclose his identity, told our source in Owerri on Sunday that the cops fled immediately they discovered that they had killed the victim, a native of Njaba Local Government Area of Imo.
According to the witness, the victim was driving a Toyota Camry when one of the trigger-happy cops shot him for allegedly refusing to stop.
NEWSNAIAJA learned that a passerby took Oguzie to the Federal Medical Centre in Owerri, where he was confirmed dead.
Orlando Ikeokwu, a spokesperson for the police in the state, confirmed the incident.
Ikeokwu, a Superintendent of Police, in a statement, said the three policemen had been identified and arrested.
The SP said, “The Imo State Police Command has condemned the killing of one Jude Oguzie by operatives attached to the command on December 5, along the Njaba/Owerri Road.
“The Commissioner of Police, CP Isaac Akinmoyede, wondered why the officers refused to adhere to the rules guiding the use of firearms.
Akinmoyede,, therefore, ordered an investigation into the matter, with a view to unraveling the cause of the incident. The officers involved have, however, been identified, arrested, and are presently in custody.
“The Commissioner of Police, while sympathizing with the family of the deceased, urged them to remain calm, as the command would do everything possible to ensure that justice is done.
“The command regrets the killing of the deceased under any guise, especially now that the force is doing everything within its powers to put an end to incidents of brutality and incivility to members of the public.”