Mr Gabriel Amawu, a Divisional Police Officer in Obudu Local Government Area of Cross River State, has been shot dead by suspected cultists in the state.
It was reported that the deceased was killed on Tuesday after some youths and students from the Federal College of Education suspected to be cultists were arrested and taken to the station.
According to a source, students and youths attacked the station and the police in an effort to disperse the crowd shot into the air.
It was reported that the students and youths also shot as the bullets which killed the DPO could not be ascertained.
An eyewitness who spoke on the condition of anonymous noted that when the police station was invaded by the students and youth, there was a rowdy session which led to a Police officer discharging his weapon in the air but said, “It is still unclear how Mr Amawu whom initially, the report said was shot in the head, was killed.”
The spokesperson of the police in Calabar, Irene Ugbo noted that she is aware of the incident and investigation has started on the incident.
“I am aware of the shooting of a Divisional Police Officer in Obudu Local Government Area of Cross River State on Tuesday night. A suspected cultist was arrested, and he was taken to the station and the students of that area went to the station and started protesting with a view to rescuing their people. In the process, the Police tried to discharge the crowd.”
“We don’t really know what happened or transpired, who released the bullet; was it from the students or the Police? We are investigating to ascertain the bullet that killed him. This morning, we have deployed some men to the area because we are having some threats from the community.”
“Very soon, we will know what actually happened but there are some many angles to it. We have some of the students in our custody already. The youths and students should remain in camp pending detailed investigations which have commenced.”