A Groom to be has been shot dead by the trigger-happy policeman in the presence of his fiancée and younger brother on December 22 at the premises of NNPC Mega Station at Control Post junction in Owerri, Imo State.
According to PUNCH, the victim, Friday Nduka who hailed from the Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State, just returned from Malaysia for his wedding in Owerri on December 27, 2016, was allegedly killed by a police Inspector, Mike Edem, who was on duty at the Mega station.
An eyewitness report said that Nduka got into in a serious argument with one of the pump attendants over his missing iPhone 7.
He said the argument degenerated into a fight and Nduka, inflicted injuries on the attendant.
The witness said the manager of the station, Mrs. Ruth Enemmuo, who is now in police detention, intervened, adding that as soon as Nduka entered into his car, the police inspector fired, killing him instantly.
It was learnt that the inspector fled the area and had not been seen.
The manager later went to the police station to report the killing, but was detained immediately.
A human rights lawyer and counsel to the detained NNPC manager, Kissinger Ikeokwu, said there was no reason for the police to detain the NNPC station manager.
“Now, the police are saying that my client should produce their own fleeing officer,” he added.
The woman, who spoke to PUNCH correspondent from her cell, said all the station’s attendants, including the one that had an altercation with the deceased, were on the run.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Andrew Enwerem, confirmed the incident and described the inspector as unruly.
Enwerem stated that the Inspector-General of Police had mandated the Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu, to apprehend the fleeing inspector.