By Henry Umoru
MPAPE, a suburb in the nation’s Capital City, Abuja was Monday thrown into confusion following the shooting to death of a pregnant woman in front of a Bank in the area by a mobile policeman.
The police man who shot at the victims was said to be attached to the bank, just as the man carried out his action when the taxi driver refused the order that he must not make a u-turn in front of the bank.
According to an eye witness account, an Abuja coloured taxi had made a u-turn in front of the bank where a police officer was controlling traffic at about 7.30am given the high traffic flow at the time and was stopped by the officer.
The policeman was said to have confronted the driver and argument ensued, leading to the officer firing at the vehicle with the bullet hitting a pregnant woman on the passenger seat, while another woman was wounded.
A motor mechanic within the vicinity of the bank when asked to speak on what happened and on condition of anonymity disclosed that irate passersby on seeing the lifeless body of the woman had to confront the policeman who ran away and took refuge in the bank premises.
This, he said made the mob force their way into the bank throwing stones and other objects in the direction of the bank even as vehicles and other property within the bank were destroyed and the bank set ablaze as the bank workers had to run for their dear lives.
Relative calm, he said, however returned when a police team from the Mpape Police Division and the FCT Police Command arrived the scene with the officers shooting sporadically in the air to disperse the mob. They have since been joined by the military and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
Speaking on the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Jimoh Moshood, Superintendent of Police (SP) who claimed that the taxi was trying to force its way into the bank’s restricted area at about 7:30am, said he was first stopped by the private security guard at the bank, adding that one of the mobile policemen attached to the bank had to intervene by hitting his rifle on the car in the bid to make the driver leave.
He said further that the Police man triggered the gun and the bullet hit a female passenger on the front seat of the car who died on the way to the hospital leading to hoodlums and miscreants within the area to loot and set the bank on fire before a police patrol team arrived the scene.