Thursday, December 24, 2009

Police officer arrested for murders

A police corporal who accidentally fired the shot that killed a fellow police constable and two others in Abuja has been arrested.

A police source told Daily Trust yesterday that Corporal Jabur Alexander was arrested on the orders of the Federal Capital Territory Police Commissioner Haruna John. The corporal will be investigated for firing shot that led to the death of Constable Umar Sama'ila and one Samaila Shuaibu.

Witnesses told Daily Trust yesterday three people were killed but a police source said yesterday only two people died.

The source said preliminary investigations indicated that the corporal accidentally pulled the trigger and has since the shooting developed mental health problems. The Corporal, who was attached to Paikon Kore Police Outpost near Gwagwalada, was trying to settle a matter involving the deceased constable and one Mohammed Sani who was said to have grabbed the constable by the collar.

The source said the shot fired killed two people including the constable and injured one. Meanwhile police authorities in Abuja have said the shooting was not intentional and the matter will be thoroughly investigated.

Daily Trust

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