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Protest in Onitsha over death of 23-yr-old man

By Vincent Ujumadu

AWKA— A Police Inspector attached to the Onitsha Inland Town Police Division allegedly shot and killed a 23-year-old Nnamdi Igbokwe in the commercial town of Onitsha yesterday, an incident that almost led to a mob action in the town.

Younger brother of the deceased, Onyema Igbokwe, who narrated the incident to journalists said his brother was going to a barbing salon to cut his hair from his Jideofor street residence in  Inland town, Onitsha  at about 7.30 pm when the incident occurred.

According to him, the deceased was riding in a motorcycle with his friend when they saw policemen along Awka Road and diverted into Chukwura Street to avoid being harassed by the policemen who were at a checkpoint.

He said that immediately they branched off, they parked the motorbike on the street and went into the salon, but one of the policemen came and wanted to carry the parked motorcycle, but Nnamdi, a father of two, queried the rationale behind the policeman  carrying a stationary motorcycle. The situation, he said, led to exchange of words between Nnamdi and the policeman who allegedly shot him directly on the head and he died instantly.

An eye witness said the Police Inspector allegedly escaped for fear of  being mobbed immediately he discovered that he had killed his victim.

It was gathered that the Divisional Police Officer of Inland Town, Mr. Sunday Adama later arranged for the removal of the corpse with the help of the Inland town vigilante group to the Onitsha General Hospital mortuary.


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