By Okechukwu Keshi Ukegbu, Umuahia
Abia State Police Command said it has arrested the police constable involved in the killing of one Friday Ifeanyi Arunsi at Ebem Ohafia last Friday.
Arunsi was shot by a police constable last Friday under some unprovoked circumstances.The killing was trailed by pandemonium resulting to some persons sustaining varying degrees of injuries.
Geoffrey Ogbonna, the Command’s Public Relations Officer, in a statement said the suspect has been arrested for investigation and eventual prosecution.
The release also indicted the trigger-happy policeman of acting under the influence of alcohol
Contrary to speculations that the police team that involved in the shooting was on a COVID – 19 assignment, the release debunked the speculations.
According to police, the team went out in a private car belonging to one of them to a drinking joint where they got drunk and while going back home, the driver hit a truck off-loading goods.
The Statement read in part: “In an ensuing argument between the Policemen and the people off-loading goods, one of the policemen, a Constable disappeared from the scene and resurfaced with a Police rifle and started shooting sporadically under the influence of alcohol during which, bullet hit the victim on the buttocks.
“This singular act and others of same nature is regrettable, condemnable and not tolerated by both the Nigeria Police Force and its Abia State Command.
“The Commissioner of Police Abia State, CP E. Ene Okon commiserates with the immediate and extended families of the deceased as well as the entire Ohafia people.
“It is the Commissioner of Police’s appeal to the youths and people of Ebem Ohafia to eschew violence and destruction of Police and government property, while assuring that justice must be done”.