By Angela Okpe
OWERRI—The Imo State Police Command has described as false, the reports that it shot a medical doctor last Wednesday, during a protest by medical practitioners in the state.
The victim, a Consultant Family Physician in the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, FMC, Dr. Bende Azudialo, was alleged to have been shot in the head by an unidentified policeman, at Orlu road round-about.
The State Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Dr. Hyacinth Emele, who threatened that doctors would go on strike if the policeman who allegedly fired the shot was not identified and prosecuted , gave a three day ultimatum to the Police in Imo to fish out the policeman.
However, spokesman for the command, Andrew Ekwerem, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said: “The news is not only false in its entirety but also malicious as no policeman shot at a medical doctor during the protest as it is being circulated.”