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A policeman, Inspector Ukeme Etuk has shot dead a corps member Chinyere
Ugochukwu, over an alleged N50 bribe.
Ugochukwu, a graduate of the Abia State Polytechnic, was reportedly travelling on a motorcycle on Friday when his rider was accosted by policemen at a checkpoint in front of the Metrological Complex on Obikabia-Umukalika Road in the Obingwa Local Government Area of the state.
PLATFORM.TIMES gathered that the policemen, led by one Yahaya, attached to the Aba area command, requested a bribe from the motorcyclist, who declined the request, which led to an argument.
It was further gathered that Etuk shot Ugochukwu when he attempted to intervene in the matter.
A blog had posted about the incident, claiming that the policemen had fled the scene after the incident.
A source said Etuk had warned the deceased not to move close to him and shot him when he did.
The source said , “He was a passenger on a motorcycle going to Obikabia Junction but one of the policemen at Umukalika police checkpoint stopped them to demand their usual N50, but the motorcyclist told him that he did not have the money.
“They had a heated argument, leading to intervention by the passenger. But the police officer, who warned Chinyere (Ugochukwu) not to come close to him, fired him and when he was rushed to a private hospital nearby, he was pronounced dead.”
Another eyewitness, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the motorcyclist was also shot in his knee.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Geoffrey Obonna, who confirmed the incident, said the police inspector was attached to the Ohuru Isimiri Police Station.
He said, “On the 16th of November, there was an incident of accidental discharge around 10.50am along Umukalika Road in Obingwa.
“A police patrol team ran into a group of Okada (motorcycle) riders blocking the road and in the process of dispersing them, there was a misunderstanding, during which one Inspector Ukeme Etuk released a shot that hit Ugochukwu in the buttocks.”
According to him, the victim was rushed to a hospital for medical attention, but he died on November 20.