Thursday, 26 April 2018

HAPPENING NOW: Heavy protest in Ebonyi as police killed an Okada man

ABAKALIKI-THERE was palpable commotion at
the popular Water works road within the
Abakaliki metropolis at early hours of this
morning as Okada riders were seen burning
tyres and dumping refuge at the centre of the
road in protest of one of their members (names
withheld) who was allegedly shot and killed by
a policeman over argument bordering
on N50
Vanguard investigation revealed that the trigger
happy policeman shot his victim under the
influence of alcohol.
The Senior Special Assistant to Governor David
Umahi on Internal Security, Dr. Kenneth Ugbala
who visited the scene of the incident ordered
the men and officers of Ebonyi State Fire
Service to come and quench the burning tyres
in the environment in order to forestall
destruction of properties by any form of
inferno.
When Vanguard visited Waterworks road and
other adjourning streets in the area, aggrieved
youths were seen setting up road blocks with
stones, woods and burning tyres in
continuation of their protest over the demise of
the Okada rider Wednesday night.
As at the time of this report, the number of
youths surging towards the streets were
gradually increasing as a detachment of the
police were seen trying to maintain peace and
order within the metropolis.
The police, according to report has began
clampdown on Okada riders as some of them
had been arrested and their motorcycles
confisticated.
The development is presently causing tension
and fear among residence within the
metropolis.
Addressing newsmen along waterworks road,
the SSA to the Governor on Internal Security
who expressed dismay over the killing of the
Okada rider allegedly by a policeman in Anti-
Kidnapping, AK, Unit of Ebonyi State Police
Command called on the Okada riders not to
take the law into their hands as the present
administration would ensure that the suspect
dealt with according to the law Ugbala further
disclosed that the state government was
calling for a meeting between the Okada riders
association and the state government so that
all their concerns would be addressed without
any bias
Meanwhile, Governor David Umahi yesterday
ordered the arrest and prosecution of the
suspect.
The Governor who spoke through his Chief
Press Secretary, Sir Emmanuel Uzor described
the incident as barbaric and callous and
expressed confidence that justice will be done
in the killing of the deceased.
He said the incident has further called for more
dedication,
commitment and professional training for the
country’s security
personnel to stop further killings of innocent
Nigerians on the line of their duties.
The governor also assured that he would take
up the matter to the Inspector General of Police
to ensure that the trigger happy policeman who
shot and killed the boy was punished in line
with the rules of his engagement.
Umahi warned that his administration will not
tolerate any form of killing of innocent citizens
or extra judicial killing by the security agencies
and ordered the Commissioner of Police in the
State, Mr Titus Lamorde to arrest the trigger
happy policeman who shot the deceased and
other members of the team to face full weight
of the law.
While expressing his sincere condolences to the
family of the
deceased, Governor Umahi promised to visit the
family when full
information concerning his family was made
available.
He called on the public to remain calm as the
situation was already under control and never
to resort to taking laws into their hands.
Efforts to get the reaction of the Police
spokesman in the state,
Loveth Odah, at press time were not
successful.

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