AWKA- IRATE youths at Governor Peter Obi’s home town, Agulu, in Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State, weekend, burnt down the police post in the town following the killing of a middle–aged man by a policeman at a check-point.
An eye-witness said the man, who hailed from Awgbu in Orumba North Local Government Area, had pleaded with the policeman to pardon a commercial motorcyclist who allegedly refused to offer N20 bribe to the police.
Angered by the man’s interference, the policeman was said to have slapped him and in the ensuing scuffle, the policeman allegedly shot him. He died instantly.
Vanguard gathered that immediately the man fell down, the policeman and his colleagues ran away.
The youths who witnessed the incident were said to have mobilised and set the nearby police station ablaze. Policemen on duty at the station fled as the youths chanted war songs.
The incident caused a stampede. The popular Nwagu area where the incident took place was immediately deserted.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Emeka Chukwuemeka, confirmed the incident, describing it as unfortunate.
He said the police officer who allegedly killed the man had been arrested, adding that he would be tried departmentally today with a possible dismissal from the police force and would be arraigned in court for murder.
-BY VINCENT UJUMADU
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