July 17, 2017

2 security operatives in police custody over shooting of FRSC officials—Abia PPRO

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File: FRSC officials

The Abia Police Command has arrested and detained two security operatives involved in Saturday’s shooting of two officials of Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in Aba.

The spokesman of the command, Mr Geofrey Ogbonna, made the announcement on Monday in Umuahia in a telephone interview with newsmen.

He however declined to disclose the identities of the operatives.

“The shooting did not involve the police alone: an officer from the department of State Security Service was also involved.

“The two persons have been arrested and are being detained. Investigation into the incident had commenced,” he said.

Ogbonna said the command condemned the ‘dastardly act’ and gave assurance that there would be fairness and justice at the end of the investigation.

Meanwhile, Abia Sector Command of the FRSC has declined to comment on the matter.

However a reliable source at the command told NAN on condition of anonymity, that one of the victims had a pellet from the shot lodged in a sensitive part of his waist.

“He was booked for surgery for the removal of the pellet but we learnt this morning that the surgery could no longer go on.

“Doctors said that surgery could cause him permanent disability and that it would be better to manage his condition with the pellet in his body,” the source said.

NAN recalls that the FRSC officials were shot on Saturday by the security aides attached to the Speaker of the Abia Assembly, Mr Chikwendu Kalu.

The incident took place at Arungwa Junction (near Aba) on the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway when the officials stopped the vehicle conveying the speaker’s wife, Victoria, to Aba.

NAN learnt that trouble started when the officials attempted to book the vehicle on the grounds that the occupants did not wear seat belts.

The speaker told newsmen on Sunday that following a distress call he got from his relations at the scene, he sent his chief detail to the place.

He said that he was surprised to hear later that there was shooting in which FRSC officials were involved.

Kanu, who condemned the shooting, described it as an act of “over zealousness” on the part of any security operative.