Okey Sampson, Umuahia
There was pandemonium in Ebem-Ohafia, in Ohafia Local Government of Abia State yesterday following the killing of a young man on Friday night by a policeman, identified as Friday Arunsi.
The state Commissioner of Police, Ene Okon frowned at the killing and vowed that the cops involved in the heinous act whom he said had been arrested, would be immediately charged to court for murder.
“There is no way policemen who were not on duty, even if they were, will be involved in such heinous act and I wil allow them to go scot-free.
We are definitely going to charge them to court for murder without wasting time”.
This is the fourth of such killings in the state by security agents since the state government penultimate week announced the lockdown in
the state to checkmate the Coronavirus incident index curve.
It was gathered that the three policemen (two sergeants and one corporal) who were not on duty, went to a drinking joint in Ebem Ohafia.
It was also gathered that after drinking till about 11pm, they decided to go home in one of the cop’s private car.
On their way home, the policemen who were said to be heavily drunk hit a vehicle whose owner was offloading some beverages into his store.
A source said the drunk cops instead of being apologetic to owner of the vehicle, came charging and harassing everybody around the place.
An altercation reportedly ensued between the policemen and the man. In the heat of the argument, the corporal was said to have reached for his gun and shot the deceased.
Immediately the news of Arunsi’s death filtered into town, youths of Ebem Ohafia took to the streets in the community to protest the killing of their son by a happy-trigger policeman.
The rampaging youths reportedly set ablaze the DPO’s car; two police patrol vans belonging to the Ohafia Division and set all detainees in the cell free.
The angry youths were also reported to have burnt down two courts in the area, before reinforcement of soldiers and men of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) were drafted to Ebem-Ohafia.
CP Okon who condemned the killing and the protesting youths for taking laws into their hands. He reiterated that the policeman and others involved in the killing of the innocent young man would be charged to court for murder.