Imo State Police Command has arrested three of its officers for allegedly shooting and killing a man identified as Jude Oguzie while on his way to a wedding in Owerri.
It was gathered that the incident happened on Saturday when the man was driving in his Toyota Camry before one of the trigger-happy cops shot him for allegedly refusing to stop along Umuaka/Orodo road.
An eyewitness said that the cops fled immediately they realised that they had killed the man, leaving the victim in a pool of his own blood inside his car.
Passers-by were said to have took the victim to the Federal Medical Center in Owerri, where he was pronounced dead by the doctors.
The command’s Spokesperson, Mr Orlando Ikeokwu, who confirmed the incident on Sunday, said the officers involved have been arrested and kept in custody.
“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.
“He, therefore, ordered investigation into the matter, with a view to unravelling the cause of the incident. The officers involved have, however, been identified, arrested and are presently in custody.
“The CP, while sympathising 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.”
KanyiDaily had also reported how two women and a teenage girl were shoot by by a trigger-happy cop at a crowded market in Edepie-Etegwe area of Yenagoa, Bayelsa state.