NIGERIA: Delta State Policeman Shoots Student At Checkpoint Over N1,000

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According to report, Nigerian Police officer, Sergeant Abua, attached to Igbuzo Police Division, has shot a student of Delta State Polytechnic, identified as Sofia Ogogo and another civil servant, Victor Emeagwai at Community checkpoint along Igbuzo Market.

According to the Driver of a Toyota Corolla and State agent, Jerry Akinlabi, the two victims were in his vehicle when the incident occurred. Ogogo and Emeagwai are Akinlabi’s girlfriend and friend respectively.

Sergeant Abua was attached to a team of five policemen.

One of the policemen, identified as Nwokolo, was said to have demanded money from Akinlabi and the driver told him that he did not have N200 to give him.

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Nwokolo reportedly said he would take one of the N1,000 notes Jerry had on him.

“On Sunday, November 17, 2017, I was driving to the Igbuzor Market and on getting to a checkpoint, I met the policemen. We knew one another some months ago when I had an issue concerning a property at the station. I sounded the horn to greet them, but they did not respond.

“One of them used his gun to hit the boot and I reversed. He said I wanted to beat the checkpoint. I told him that I assumed that they knew me very well and apologised. He demanded money. I wanted to give him N100 or N200, but it was N1,000 notes I had on me and I explained to him.

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“He said, ‘Am I too small to collect N1,000?’ When I declined to give him N1,000, he asked me to pull over, which I did. As the argument over N1,000 got heated, I entered my car and drove off. What I heard next was three gunshots aimed at my car.

“A bullet pierced into the car hit my girlfriend’s body, came out and hit my friend in the back.”

The Driver, Jerry, confirmed to have contacted commissioner of Police on phone after taking both friends to a general hospital in Igbuzo, from where Ogogo was referred to the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba.

“The CP and the DPO of the Igbozo Police Station came to the FMC and deposited N100,000, but I have spent much more than that. Meanwhile, the policeman who shot at us had gone to drop the gun at the station and fled.  The other four policemen were detained at the command headquarters. My friend and I wrote our statements there.”

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Emeagwai appealed to the commissioner of Police not to allow the case be swept under the carpet.

“I don’t see any reason for the shooting. I have been going to the FMC to treat the gunshot injury for about three weeks now. The policemen should not go scot-free.”

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