By Emem Idio
YENAGOA—A mobile policeman in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, has shot a 34-year-old indigene of Bauchi State, Adamu Mohammed, over an argument on N2,000 unpaid fees for a menial job.
According to the family of Mohammed, who resides along the Bay Bridge Road area of Yenagoa, the state capital, the victim was shot last Tuesday at Erepa Road and dumped at the Federal Medical Centre, FMC.
While Mohammed’s family claimed he was shot by the mobile policeman after argument with the woman who engaged him for the clearing of a portion of land close to her home at Erepa Road, residents who claimed to have witnessed the incident, said after the argument with the woman over the right sum to pay for the job and Mohammed’s squabble with a Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, officer, the policeman shot him in the thigh to demobilise him.
Mohammed, who refused to file a formal complaint at the Police Station over fear of further harm by other policemen, accused the woman who awarded him the menial job of cheating.
Mohammed said: “We agreed on N3,000. But after I finished the work, she said she will pay N1,000. I got angry and she called in some policemen guarding the home of a senior police officer on Erepa Road.
“The first person that came was a Civil Defence man and he claimed I stabbed him, and the mobile policeman, without asking questions, shot me in the thigh.”
The policemen, about three, on guard duty at the residence of the unidentified senior officer, pleaded with Mohammed’s family to allow them raise money for his treatment and leave out formal complaint against them.
Meanwhile, Mohammed, according to the family, has been taken to Bauchi for traditional treatment.
Contacted, spokesman of the state Police Command, Asimi Butswat, said though he was not aware of any formal complaint by the purported victim, the action of the victim was suspicious and has the semblance of an armed robbery suspect.