Alleged Police Shooting: Doctors battle to save Malaysia returnee’s life

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BY CHIDI NKWOPARA

OWERRI—A team of medical doctors are said to be working round the clock to save the life of a Malaysian returnee, who was allegedly shot Sunday afternoon in his private part by a trigger happy policeman in Owerri.
Our reporter was told that the police allegedly shot and wounded the returnee’s companion in his shoulder.

The two unfortunate victims, identified as natives of Umundugba, Isu local council area of Imo State, went to drop one of their wives at a Warri-bound bus station along Douglas Road, Owerri, when the incident occurred.
An eye witness told journalists that “when the bus was ready to leave the park, one of the staff appealed to the owner of the Toyota Venza car to clear the way for the vehicle to move.”

It was also gathered that in the process of moving the Toyota Venza car, it inadvertently blocked a police patrol van along Douglas Road.
“The policemen accosted the driver and demanded his drivers licence, which he readily gave them. When the policemen wanted to leave the scene without returning the drivers licence, the owner sought to know why,” the eye witness recounted.

Continuing, the man said “the policemen became incensed by the alleged effrontery of the driver to ask for his driving licence and  gave him the beating of his life before one of them shot him point blank, hitting his scrotum in the process”.
It was also gathered that the rampaging policemen promptly arrested the relation of the dying man when he asked why they were brutalising the citizen, and took him to Owerri Urban Police Division, where he was allegedly shot on his shoulder.

“When the chips were down and the victims told their story at the police station, the police not only promised to treat them but finally took them to the Federal Medical Centre for treatment, as two different hospitals had earlier rejected the patients,” the relations told newsmen.

The families of the victims are now worried over the inability or unwillingness of the police to pick the medical bills, as well as release the car and other personal effects they seized from the citizens.
When the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Andrew Enwerem, was contacted by newsmen, he denied knowledge of the incident, promising that he would contact the police division and get back to to Vanguard but he never did.

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