A policeman who reportedly shot a driver over N50 bribe in Anambra State, has been arrested over the incident which occurred in Isuaniocha, in the Awka North Local Government Area of the state.
The incident occurred when at the checkpoint, when the driver, Udoka Ezeme, who conveying some passengers from Mgbakwu to the Nnamdi Azikiwe University temporary site, was accosted by policemen around 1:30pm.
An eyewitness who spoke to newsmen, disclosed that the driver parked by the roadside to answer their questions instead of parting with N50. The driver was then shot shortly after and according to Mr Emmanuel Nwokedi, “the policemen afterwards jumped into their van and zoomed off, leaving the young man in a pool of blood.”
Though the driver who was not attended to as the hospital authorities requested a police report an action that sparked of protest, he survived. Ezeme who demanded an investigation into the matter in order to bring the culprit to book and serve as a deterrent to other trigger-happy policemen, stated that he had no altercation with the policemen which could have led to the shooting.
Confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Haruna Mohammed, disclosed that the policeman has been arrested.
“The state Commissioner for Police, Mr Garba Umar, has ordered a discreet investigation to ascertain circumstances surrounding the incident” he said.