August 2, 2017

Police dismiss corporal over shooting of FRSC officials in Abia

By Ugochukwu Alaribe

ABA — Abia State Commissioner of Police, CP, Mr. Leye Oyebade, has said the policeman, Corporal Iro Orji, who shot two officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, at Aro-Ngwa junction on the Enugu-Port Harcourt expressway, has been dismissed from the force.

Meanwhile, the FRSC has called for the arrest and prosecution of those involved in the recent shooting of two of its officials in Abia.

Orji, who was attached to the Speaker of the Abia State House of Assembly, Chief Chikwendu Kalu, was said to have stormed the area where he shot the two FRSC officials who had a fracas with the Speaker’s wife.

The CP disclosed this to newsmen at his office, explaining that the action of the dismissed policeman has no room under the current Police administration in the country, which abhors indiscipline and disrespect for human life.

He said: “The incident of the shooting of FRSC officials is condemnable and not acceptable to the Police. Appropriate action has been taken against the policeman who committed the act. I have been an advocate of policing with the fear of God and the ideals that surround it.

“Any policeman that wants to use his firearms knows when to use and it must be an action that you can defend; when it is authorized, when it is justifiable, when it is excusable. The policeman had no reason to do what he did.”

FRSC seeks arrest, prosecution of Abia Speaker, wife

The Public Education Officer and spokesman of the corps, Mr Bisi Kazeem, made the call, yesterday, while reacting to the reported dismissal of the Police Corporal over the incident.

Kazeem told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja that the policeman’s dismissal was a welcome development.

He, however, called for the criminal prosecution of Orji and others involved in the shooting, including the Speaker, his wife and an operative of Department of State Services, DSS.

He said: “The corporal’s dismissal is a welcome development, which shows that the police have zero tolerance for acts of indiscipline and lawlessness among their men.

“But, we call on the police to institute criminal proceedings against him and others involved in the act of criminality against our men.

“We have made this demand in writing to the Director of DSS in Abia, who said he had made recommendation to headquarters for disciplinary action against the operative.

“The director said the recommendation had to be verified and approved by headquarters before action could be taken.”