An occupant of a car identified as Moses Adam, has been shot and killed by a policeman attached to the Edo State Police Command during an operation to arrest a murder suspect, Ebuka Nwaechie, in Benin City, the Edo State capital.
The spokesman of the Edo State Police Command, SP Kontongs Bello, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday adding that the suspect allegedly killed one Bright Orikose on December 12, 2020.
Kontongs disclosed that the suspect was arrested following a tip off from members of the public.
The statement reads: “The Edo State Police Command wish to inform the public that on 17/09/2021 at about 18:00 hours acting on a credible information, one Ebuka Nwaechie who was involved in the alleged murder of Bright Orikose on 24/12/2020 was sighted along First East Circular Road by St Joseph Catholic Church, police operatives from the anti-kidnapping and cyber crime unit of the command immediately swung into action and arrested the suspect.
“The Command deeply regret to inform the public that in the process of the arrest, a member of the police team fired a shot in a bid to restrain the fleeing suspect which unfortunately hit one of the occupants of a moving vehicle identified as Moses Adam and injured his thigh.
“The victim was rushed to the Edo Specialist Hospital where he gave up the ghost. The member of the police team involved in the shooting has been identified and arrested.
“The erring officer will go through administrative trial that will determine is culpability.”
The police spokesman also disclosed that the Commissioner of Police, Philip Agbadu, is saddened by the incident and condoles with the family of the victim, while directing the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of criminal investigation to carry out discreet investigation to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the incident.
He further stated that the CP assured the general public that he will not hesitate to deal with any erring and overzealous officer who acts unprofessionally in the discharge of his duty.