Policeman Shot Dead Inside Police Station In Ekiti

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IGP Mohammed Adamu

By;  OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti

A Policeman was reportedly shot dead on Friday evening when some protesters were being chased out of the premises of Ado Central Police Divisional headquarters in the state capital.

An eyewitness told journalists in Ado- Ekiti, on Saturday that some youth numbering about 20, had stormed the Police Area Command office chanting war songs over the killing of a  motorcyclist by a driver.

The Policeman was reportedly shot in the course of the protest that erupted while trying to scare away the violent protesters.

The youth were said to be expressing anger over the killing of one of them by the driver and alleged police seizure of the corpse and a sum of N470,000 paid to the family of the deceased  by the car owner.

The deceased’s family had allegedly  demanded money to enable them transport the corpse to their country home, for burial.

A source said: “When the police failed to release the corpse and money allegedly collected from the driver to the family of the deceased person, the relatives  stormed the police station in protest and demanded that the corpse and the money should be released.

“Sensing that the protest was becoming violent, the police fired teargas cannisters and gunshots to scare them. In the process, stray bullets hit a policeman in the leg, who later bled to death in the hospital”.

But the Police Public  Rations Officer, Ekiti Command, ASP Sunday Abutu, said the police were still investigating who actually fired the shot that killed the policeman.

Abutu alleged that the investigation became expedient on the premise that the protesters came to the police station with dangerous weapons and that the gunshots came from different directions

“It was true that the police allowed the driver and the deceased’s family to negotiate and the driver agreed to pay a sum of N440,000, which had been paid to the family of the deceased.

“But out of that money, it was agreed that a sum of N150,000 should be paid to the bike owner. It was this the protesters heard and stormed the police station in anger  that our men were trying to cheat them. The owner of the motorcycle has not even been paid at all.

“As they were brandishing dangerous weapons and requesting that the detainee be released to them, the police fired teargas cannisters to scare them. But to the police’s surprise, they saw that gunshots were coming from different directions and one of our men was hit in the process and died.

“It was hasty and wrong that it was the police that fired the shot that killed one of them. We are still investigating”,he said.

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