Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Policeman kills colleague and two others

A police constable on patrol in Abuja yesterday shot dead a police corporal and two other people after a quarrel.

A witness said the police constable collected a gun from the corporal to threaten a passenger who refused to obey his instruction in Dobi motor park, Gwagwalada, Abuja.

He accidently pulled the trigger, killing the corporal, the passenger and a motor park official. The witness said all the three died.

He said the passenger was carrying a gallon of palm oil and was about to board a commercial vehicle to his village before the quarrelling with the policeman.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Abuja DSP Moshood Jimoh confirmed the story and said the Federal Capital Territory Commissioner of Police John Haruna has ordered the arrest of the killer police constable and directed investigation into the matter.

Jimoh said two people including the corporal were confirmed dead from a shot fired by the constable.

He said argument ensued between the deceased over an unknown issue and the police constable carrying a gun went to settle them and accidentally fired the gun.

He said there was no established intention for the shooting at the initial stage of the investigation, regarding it as "accidental discharge".

Daily Trust

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