Po­lice­men on il­le­gal duty shoot two wed­ding guests

The Punch - - NEWS - Chi­diebube Okeoma, Ow­erri

THERE was pan­de­mo­nium in Anara, in the Isiala Mbano Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Imo State on Sun­day as two po­lice­men al­legedly shot two per­sons dur­ing a tra­di­tional wed­ding.

The de­vel­op­ment, our cor­re­spon­dent learnt, made guests to aban­don the cer­e­mony and run for dear life.

The two po­lice­men, whose iden­ti­ties had yet to be as­cer­tained as of press time, were said to have es­corted two promi­nent per­sons to the event.

Our cor­re­spon­dent gath­ered that the trig­ger­po­lice­men were whisked away by mem­bers of the bride’s fam­ily who pre­vented a mob from at­tack­ing them.

PUNCH Metro learnt on Mon­day that the po­lice­men, who were said to be at large, did not get the ap­proval of the state Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice to be at the oc­ca­sion.

A wit­ness, who iden­ti­fied him­self only as Ugo, said the cops had first shot into the air be­fore mis­tak­enly fir­ing at guests.

he said, “The po­lice­men were shoot­ing into the air to im­press their bosses, who were spray­ing money at the party.

“One of the cops was us­ing one hand to shot into the air with his AK-47 ri­fle. He lost con­trol of the gun and shot in the di­rec­tion of peo­ple.

“Two per­sons were in­jured. While one was shot in the hand and waist, the other per­son’s hand was shat­tered by bul­lets. They later be­came un­con­scious and were taken to the Emer­gency Unit of the Imo State Univer­sity Teach­ing hos­pi­tal, Orlu.

“The youths wanted to lynch the po­lice­men, but the bride’s fam­ily in­ter­vened. They were also pre­vented from van­dal­is­ing the two cars of the men who brought them to the wed­ding.”

The vic­tims were iden­ti­fied as Ikechukwu On­wudiwe of Umunchi, in the Isiala Mbano LGA, and Uzochukwu Og­buhu­ruzo of Ezu­muoha, in the same LGA.

When our cor­re­spon­dent vis­ited the vic­tims at the hos­pi­tal, they were pre­vented from speak­ing to our cor­re­spon­dent.

Nurses were seen at­tend­ing to them.

An aged woman, who was later dis­cov­ered to be the mother of one of the men, was seen cry­ing and rolling on the ground, while some per­sons be­lieved to be the vic­tim’s chil­dren con­soled her.

The state Po­lice Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, An­drew En­werem, said the Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Chris Ezike, had or­dered in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mat­ter.

En­werem noted that the po­lice­men came from Ek­iti State and ran away from the scene af­ter the at­mos­phere be­came charged as vi­o­lent youths at­tempted to mob them.

Photo: Chi­diebube Okeoma

• One of the vic­tims

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