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Anambra Governor Condemns Police Killing Of Commercial Motorcyclist

Willie Obiano, Governor of Anambra State, Southeast Nigeria has condemned the killing of a motorcycle transport operator by men of Nigeria Police in Igbo-Ukwu, Aguata Local Government Area of the state Tuesday night.

HumAngle reports that some police officers who were reportedly enforcing the order banning motorcycles from operating from 5 am to 9 pm had an altercation with the motorcyclist in the course of arresting him and later shot him dead.

The violent protest by an angry mob over the killing led to the killing of another person by police personnel.

Obiano who made the condemnation in a statement signed by C-Don Adinuba, Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment in Anambra said there was no justification for a law enforcement officer to cock his gun and aim a shot at an unarmed citizen whether it was intentional or not.

He expressed satisfaction with the reaction of the Police Commissioner John Abang, who immediately ordered the arrest and detention of the trigger happy cop.

The governor said his government would ensure that the culprit was prosecuted after investigations were concluded.

He said the Chairman of the Transition Committee of the Aguata Local Government Area had been directed to visit the family of the deceased commercial cyclist to convey his condolences and also work out the burial expenses and send the bill so that he will write off the cost.

According to Obiano, the prosecution will serve as a deterrent to law enforcement agents who misuse firearms.

The governor also condemned some youths who took laws into their hands, went violent and burnt four police stations during which some detained suspects were set free from the cells, noting that Anambra was famous for law and order.

Obiano said his administration was committed to human rights and due process and encouraged all enforcement officers in the state to show restraint in gun handling and display courtesy in the discharge of their duties.

“My government has over the years worked harmoniously with different security and intelligence agencies in the state, and the collaboration accounts for Anambra’s status as Nigeria’s safest state.

“As the Christmas and New Year season sets in, all law enforcement agents in the state are directed to carry out their duties with utmost dedication and professionalism, which entails service with courtesy and respect for human dignity,” he stated.

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