Killing Of Motor Cyclist Raise Protests In Ebonyi
A popular motorcyclist has allegedly been killed on Wednesday by a policeman attached to the anti-kidnap (AK) unit of the Ebonyi State Police command on Water Works road, Abakaliki.
The diseased whose identity has not been revealed is in his early 20s.
Policemen have reportedly condoned off some parts of Water Works Road, scene of the incident, firing teargas to disperse angry protesters to restore order to the town.
Furthermore the Governor of the State, David Umahi has ordered the immediate arrest of the accused policeman attached to the Anti Kidnap Squad (AK) of the Police Command in the state.
Gov. Umahi, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Emmanuel Uzor on Thursday in Abakaliki, also condemned the killing.
He described the incident as “barbaric and callous” and said that justice would be done in the matter.
He said that the incident had further called for more dedication, commitment and professional training for the nation’s security personnel to stop further killings of innocent Nigerians in the line of duty.
The governor called on the public to remain calm and not to take the laws into their hands assuring that he would take up the matter with the Inspector-General of Police to ensure that the policeman who allegedly killed the motorcyclist was punished in line with the rules of engagement.
He warned that his administration would not tolerate any form of mindless killing of innocent citizens or extra judicial killing by security agencies in the state.
He, therefore, ordered the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Titus Lamorde, to arrest the suspected killer-cop and other members of the squad in order to face the full weight of the law.
Umahi expressed his sincere condolences to the family of the deceased and promised to visit the family when full information concerning his family was made available.
Meanwhile, the command’s Spokesperson, Mrs Lovett Odah, confirmed the incident but maintained that other details about the incident was still being investigated
“We will brief the press as soon we get full and accurate information on the incident, our men are still carrying out preliminary investigations into the alleged killing, “Odah said.