Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Mob Sets Bank On Fire in Abuja

What could have led a policeman to shoot a pregnant woman dead? That, is the mystery which the Federal Capital Territory Police Command was trying to unravel.

On Monday, tragedy broke out in Mpape, Abuja as stray bullet fired by a policeman guarding one of the banks (names withheld) in the area shot a pregnant woman dead.

The pregnant woman whose identity could not be immediately ascertained was passing by before the bullet fired by the trigger-happy policeman went off and sent her to her early grave.

An eyewitness said the policeman was trying to challenge a taxi driver who attempted to make a u-turn in front of the bank. The bullet he fired, apparently against the taxi driver, swerved and hit the passer by, stated the eyewitness.

The name of the officer could not be established and the real reason why he fired the shot.

However, the sound of the gun was said to have attracted people in the area who subsequently set the bank ablaze.

It was confirmed that employees of the bank escaped as the commotion raged while top officials of the bank who were later spotted by the Nigerian Tribune declined comment on the matter.

As at the time of filling this report, the area where the incident took place was deserted as passers-by feared possible arrest by the police.

The Police Commissioner in charge of FCT, John Haruna who later arrived the scene of the incident noted that the situation was under control.

He said the police would do everything possible to fish out the officer who committed the murder and ensure that he is brought to book.

Daily Champion

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