A policeman, Sgt. Onyebuchi Nweke with the Anti-Kidnapping Unit of Ebonyi State Police Command who killed an Okada rider in Abakiliki on Wednesday, has been arrested and dismissed from the police force.
The dismissal of the suspect was confirmed by the police spokesperson, Loveth Odah who said the suspect was tried yesterday in his department and dismissed.
She disclosed that the suspect would be charged to court on Friday to face charges bordering on murder.
She said, “The incident that happened is indeed an unfortunate one; we are appealing for peace and order; there is no way the police command would condone such dastardly act; if I may tell you, the suspect, Sgt. Onyebuchi Nweke was tried yesterday at the department level and was summarily dismissed from the force. He will be charged to court tomorrow”
Sgt. Onyebuchi Nweke shot and killed an Okada rider on Wednesday night over an argument bordering on N50.
According to an eyewitness reports the Okada rider in his 20s was carrying a female passenger when he was stopped by the policemen who demanded that the rider drop ‘something’.
“When they stopped him, they demanded for their usual N50n but he gave them N20n and wanted to drive off when one of them opened fire on him. The bullet shattered his head and he died instantly”, said the source.
It could not be immediately ascertained if the female passenger of the slain Okada man was also hit by the bullets of the policemen.
The incident had caused serious pandemonium as other Okada riders and youths at the scene of the incident are seen burning tyres and dumping waste at the middle of the road.
Police officers dispatched to the scene to quell the situation used teargas to disperse the crowd while also shooting sporadically in the air to scare people away.
The attempted to repel them with teargas failed to stop them.
“We are the only force or institution that washes our dirty linen in public; what happened is indeed unfortunate; if any Okada rider was arrested or his bike confiscated following the incident, as soon as there is calm, they will be released and their bike returned to them. Every strategy is aimed at bringing peace to the state capital”.
“Even as senior officers of the Command went on patrol to quell the situation, they were stoned by the Okada riders; as I am talking to you now, a police officer who was hit by stone, is now on admission at the Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki”.
“He is presently battling between life and death; another officer with traffic was today beaten to stupor by the rampaging Okada riders”.
“We appeal for peace and order as no stone would be left unturned to ensure justice for the victim, Mr. Ofim Ejike who resides at 32 Linus Ede Street, Convent Road, Abakaliki,” Mrs Odah said.