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Mob protests alleged killing of trader in Awka

A mob of no fewer than 200, weekend  protested the alleged killing of a trader, Mr Emenike Obi,  by a policeman on duty at Nnamdi Azikiwe Avenue, Awka.

Eye-witnesses told newsmen that the victim was stopped at a check-point on Nnamdi Azikiwe Avenue, on his way to cash some money in a bank in the area.

It was learnt that the victim had pleaded with the cop to allow him go in order to beat the bank’s closing time of 4 p.m., considering that he intended to travel back to Lagos the following day.

Witnesses said the policeman allegedly shot the man over a disagreement.

When a correspondent visited the scene, the victim’s blood-stained red Toyota Camry car marked DF 231 JJJ, was surrounded by the mob which barricaded the road.

The corpse was later removed and taken to an unknown morgue.
Addressing the protesters, the traditional ruler of Awka, Obi Gibson Nwosu, urged them to remain calm and promised that justice would be done in the matter.

Confirming the incident, the Anambra State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Emeka Chukwuemeka, said that the policeman  had been arrested and would be dismissed before being charged to court.

Chukwuemeka expressed regret over the incident and said that adequate measures had been put in place to prevent a recurrence.


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