Police in Onitsha, Anambra State earlier today shot a young man to death.
According to eyewitness, some police officers were chasing some residents drinking at a joint. The young man, oblivious of the development, was coming out from his house to buy foodstuff.
He saw people running and wanted to run as well but fell down and a police officer suspected to be attached to Okpoko Police station shot him at close range.
At the time of filing this report, rioting is ongoing in the Nkpor New Tyre Market area of the city, with residents chanting, ‘no more sit at home, no more government’.
In a similar incident, a member of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has killed a driver at Toll Gate, Umuikaa Junction in Abia State over bribe.
According to an eyewitness, a driver carrying food items was shot by a civil defence officer because he wont hive him bribe.
Youths in the area consequently descended on the checkpoint in the area, destroying it in anger.
Meanwhile, the Abia State Government has condemned the killing, describing it as one too many.
The statement, signed by the Honorable Commssioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu read “It was with rude shock that we received the sad news of yet another alleged extra-judicial killing of one of our citizens by an arm bearing security agent at Umuikaa junction, Isiala Ngwa South LGA, and wish to state that we strongly condemn such acts which are now almost becoming a regular occurrence in the State.
“While we appeal to members of the public to remain calm and not take the laws into their hands, we assure them that no effort will be spared in ensuring that justice is done swiftly. We also strongly urge arm bearing security agents in the state to ensure that they fully follow service guidelines regarding the use of firearms at all times as the state Government will not spare any effort in ensuring full protection of the right to life of our people.
“Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has directed the State Commissioner of Police to immediately apprehend the suspect(s) and fully investigate the circumstances leading to the latest unfortunate incident at Umuikaa junction and ensure that justice is done swiftly.
“We commiserate with the family and friends of the deceased and, once again, call on security agents bearing arms to be responsible and follow relevant service rules regarding the use of firearms”.