A police officer has shot an 18-year-old teenager, Awuzie Duru, to death in Umuaka, Njaba Local Government Area of Imo State.
The incident reportedly occurred in the premises of an undisclosed new generation bank branch, when the trigger-happy officer killed Duru, after he returned a slap.
It was gathered that the incident occurred on December 1, when Awuzie, who hailed from Isiozi Aka in the town, had gone to the bank to withdraw some money from the Automated Teller Machine (ATM) gallery.
Read Also: Sowore: Nigerians Used Their Hands To Elect Snake As President – Omokri
An eyewitness said the deceased, who was on a queue at the ATM, had left his line to receive a call.
It was reported that trouble started when he attempted to reclaim his space in the queue.
“They were on the queue when his (Awuzie’s) phone rang, he stepped out of the line to answer the call. When he can back the other person behind him took his position on the queue and tried to stop him from joining the queue again.
“This action was happening in the presence of this killer policeman and caused hot exchange of words between Awuzie and the guy that took his position on the queue while the policeman was there watching.
Read Also: IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu, Loses Father
“The exchange of words between the two degenerated to fighting and in the process, the policeman who has been watching the scene came and started scolding Awuzie who was trying to maintain his position after answering his call.
“The boy told him, ‘you were here watching while we were exchanging words. Why scolding me now it has led to fighting?’ The policeman slapped him and the boy retaliated. In the process, the policeman cocked his gun and shot the boy, who died instantly,”an eyewitness said.
The boy’s death was said to have led to tension in the town.
Read Also: Rotimi Amaechi Attacked In Spain
“I can tell you that the boys were not happy with the matter is that policeman killed the boy over an altercation. So, they had mobilised to burn down the station to show their anger and loss.
“But, some of us had to intervene because this kind of thing has happened here before about 15 years ago when some policemen caused the death of some people in Umuaka here and our youths burned down the police station. So we don’t want this kind of thing to happen anymore.
“Some of them are still planning to launch an attack but we’re still appealing to them,” an elder in the community was quoted as saying.
Read Also: Sexual Harassment: Ekiti Varsity Sacks Lecturer
Rabiu Ladodo, the state police commissioner, confirmed the incident, saying the command was doing everything possible to contain any further crisis that might arise from the incident.
Ladodo, who disclosed that the killer policeman had been arrested, said appropriate punishment would be taken against him, if he is found guilty.
“Yes, I’m aware that the youths mobilised to the police station, but I told my men that we must handle the matter community policing and professionally too. That’s why when the villagers came, we allowed them to express their grievance and we addressed the matter. We were very professional in handling the matter,” Ladodo said