The Nigeria Police, Abia State Command, said a constable who killed a youth identified as Ifeanyi Arunsi, on Friday, in Ebem Ohafia had been arrested for investigation and eventual prosecution
Confirming the report, the State Command Public Relations` Officer, SP Geoffrey Ogbonna, said the corpse of the deceased had been deposited in a yet-to-be-disclosed morgue by members of his family for preservation.
Ogbonna said the Policemen led by an Assistant Superintendent of Police who were neither on duty nor on COVID 19 preventive assignment, went out in a private car belonging to one of them to a drinking joint where they got drunk and while going back home, the driver hit a truck off-loading goods.
He said in an ensuing argument between the Policemen and the people off-loading goods, one of the Policemen, a Constable, disappeared from the scene and resurfaced with a Police rifle and started shooting sporadically under the influence of alcohol during which, bullet hit the victim on the buttocks.
“This singular act and others of same nature is regrettable, condemnable and not tolerated by both the Nigeria Police Force and its Abia State Command,” Ogbonna said.
He added that the Commissioner of Police Abia State, CP E. Ene Okon, commiserated with the immediate and extended families of the deceased as well as the entire Ohafia people.
Ogbonna said the Commissioner of Police also appealed to the youths and people of Ebem Ohafia to eschew violence and destruction of Police/government property while assuring that justice must be done.