By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
Tragedy has befallen the family of Uzor Chukwu in Lagos, as their son identified as Emmanuel has been reportedly killed by a policeman at the weekend.
Emmanuel, a 16-year old student of Randle Secondary School Apapa, whose parents hail from Ebonyi state, was said to have been hit by a stray bullet shot by one of the policemen attached to Badia Police Station during a fracas.
The deceased, third in the family of five was said to be standing in front of their residence at No 7 Fadaini street, Ijora Badia when the sad incident occurred at about 8am last Sunday.
Our correspondent gathered that the policemen, who shot sporadically were trying to repel some youths that had stormed the police station to demand the release of a suspected child kidnapper rescued from them.
According to sources, the youths had apprehended a woman who had kidnapped a five year old girl at Giwa street and attempted to lynch her.
She was said to have been rescued by the policemen and taken to the station for protection, an act said to have infuriated the youths.
They were said to have mobilised themselves and threatened to attack the station, hauling stones at the policemen.
The sources, who preferred anonymous for fear of arrest by the police, said the policemen who had mobilised their colleagues from other divisions, shot sporadically in order to repel the rampaging youth, chasing them from the station towards Fadaini road inward Badia.
The mother of the deceased Mrs. Ijeoma Chukwu in a chat confirmed the incident, describing the policemen as the most heartless human beings.
The perplexed Ijeoma,who was yet to believe that her son is dead, said Emmanuel was asleep and woken up by the noise of people shouting about a kidnapper.
According to her, the boy ran out to the front of their house to catch a glimpse of the incident,only to be informed few moment that her son has been killed by the police.
” My son was with me in the room sleeping when we heard the noise of people shouting about a woman that kidnapped a baby. He immediately rushed out to the front of our house while I went to the back yard to watch plates. No quite few minutes, neighbours just rushed in to tell me that my son has been killed by police.
I immediately rushed out and saw the police carrying the corpse to the station
and ran after them. On getting to the station, I told them I am the mother of the boy that they should allow me see him, they refused and threatened to shoot me if I don’t leave the place. I cried profusely but they didn’t listen to me until they took the corpse to the mortuary. My husband has traveled home for burial and his brothers have informed him”, the bereaved mother wept amid tears.
The police public relations officer of the command SP. Chike Oti in a telephone said he was not aware of the incident and promised to call back, which he was yet to do as at the time of filing the report.