Tension As Police Guns Down Man Fleeing With Marijuana In Anambra State
In a recent heat of tension in the Southeastern part of the country, the Anambra State Police Command has admitted gunning down a man who was fleeing with 15 bags of a substance that was suspected to be marijuana.
According to information that was gathered by newsmen, the incident, which occuerred at Nkpor, Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State, generated some tension during which a police patrol van, along with other valuables were set ablaze by irate residents.
The Police Public Relations Officer for the State, Nkeiruks Nwode, during a statement which she issued concerning the tension, said that the police considered the incident as unfortunate.
Nwode said that the incident happened at about 6 pm on Friday at Tarzan Junction, on the Onitsha-Enugu Expressway.
She said that a police patrol team, while on stop and search duty, had attempted to stop a Toyota Camry driver for a routine check, but that the driver refused to stop.
The Police Public Relations Officer said that the team had to chase the suspect from thr DMGS Junction before eventually catching up to him at Tarzan Junction, where the suspect further resisted the police’s attempt to search his car, resulting in some tension between him and the police operatives.
Nwode sais that the it was during the scuffle that the victim was shot dead by the police.
The statement read partly, “At about 1800hrs of 20/10/2017, a police patrol team on a stop-and-search duty stopped the driver of a Toyota Camry vehicle for [a] routine check.
“However, the driver failed to stop as directed. He was chased by the police team from Dennis Memorial Grammar School Roundabout, Onitsha, and subsequently arrested at Tarzan Junction, Nkpor as a result of traffic build-up.
“In a bid to search the vehicle properly, a melee ensued and the driver was shot by the policemen. Unfortunately, the driver died on the spot.
“A thorough search of the vehicle revealed 15 bags of weeds suspected to be Indian hemp. Consequently, an angry mob set ablaze a security pick-up van that was seen approaching the junction. The driver of the vehicle escaped unhurt.
“Sadly, a motor boy in an approaching trailer, on sighting the angry mob, jumped down from the trailer and lost his life on the spot. He was reported to have been crushed to death by a hit-and-run vehicle.”
Nwode said also that the police officers invloved in the incident had been taken into custody and were undergoing interrogation.
She added that: “Some miscreants, unaware of the true facts behind the incident, took advantage of the situation and gathered for a mob action.”
The Police Public Relations Officer appealed to the public, following the tension, that those who witnessed the incident should feel free to come forward and provide information that could be helpful tot the police in their ongoing investigation of theb case.