Policemen on killing spree
Barely four days after over 100 people died at a gas plant, the industrial town of Nnewi, again, witnessed another tragedy when a policeman went berserk on December 27 and shot dead three people at a traditional marriage ceremony at Uruagu-Nnewi in Anambra State.
An eyewitness, who identified himself as Ifeanyi, said the bride and her Imo State-born heartthrob were dancing and getting sprayed with crispy naira and dollar notes at about 6.30pm when shots were heard from outside the compound.
Ifeanyi claimed that a guest ran inside and informed the celebrants on what transpired outside leading to the ceremony’s abrupt stop.
It was later discovered that the alleged drunk policeman had actually felled three persons said to be prominent Nollywood actors, who also came to grace the occasion.
He was disarmed by fellow security agents at the scene.
Contacted, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Okechukwu Ali (DSP), confirmed the incident.
In a related development, a middle aged man identified as Onana Osua, who reportedly killed six persons over alleged food poisoning, was shot dead by a police patrol team at Ubiaja, headquarters of Esan South East Local Governmet Area of Edo State.
Osua, who was said to be a chairman of a motor park in Uromi, in the same council, was said to have left the hospital where he was admitted after he was reportedly poisoned and given five days to live.
Eyewitnesses said he went home, took his gun and went to the homes of people suspected to be responsible for the poisoning and killed them. Among his victims was said to be the wife of one of his targets.
Osua, sources said, later fled to Ubiaja where he reportedly shot at a patrol team before he was gunned down.
Edo Police spokesman, DSP Abiodun Osifo, confirmed the incident.
He, however, said he knew about two who were shot and that one died and the other victim was responding to treatment in an undisclosed hospital.