A Malaysian-based Nigerian, Friday Nduka, has been reportedly shot dead by a police Inspector, Mike Edem, in Owerri, the Imo State capital.
The victim, who returned from Malaysia for his wedding in Owerri on December 27, 2016, was reportedly killed by the trigger-happy policeman in the presence of his fiancée and younger brother, the Punch is reporting.
The incident happened at the premises of a Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC Mega Station located at the Control Post junction in Owerri.
The suspect, who is now at large, was said to be on duty at the station when Nduka got into in a serious argument with one of the pump attendants over his missing iPhone 7.
The argument reportedly degenerated into a fight and Nduka, inflicted injuries on the attendant.
According to an eyewitness, the manager of the station, Mrs. Ruth Enemmuo, who is now in police detention, intervened.
He said immediately Nduka entered into his car, the police inspector fired, killing him instantly.
“The manager later went to the police station to report the killing, but was detained immediately,” the witness said.
The manager of the station, speaking from the police cell, said all the station’s attendants, including the one that had an altercation with the deceased, were on the run.
Confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Andrew Enwerem, said the Inspector-General of Police had mandated the Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu, to apprehend the fleeing inspector.
He described the inspector as unruly, adding that the deceased, who hailed from the Oguta Local Government Area of the state, has been deposited at a morgue.