The Delta State Police Command has arrested an inspector, Obi Abri, for the murder of one Onyeka Ibe, a trader, at a checkpoint along Ugabolu-Illah Road, in the Asaba area of the state.
DSP Edafe Bright, the Command’s Public Relations Officer, made this known on Wednesday in a series of tweets on his Twitter Page.
In the tweet titled, ‘Alleged murder of one Onyeka Ibe’, Bright wrote, “The Police inspector has been identified, arrested, paraded and detained.
“The Command assures members of the public and the deceased family of justice.
“An investigation has commenced, and he will be arraigned in court for prosecution.”
Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, ordered an investigation into the killing of a 26-year-old newly-married Onyeka by the policeman.
Okowa, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Olisa Ifeajika, decried the shooting of the deceased when Abri and his colleagues were conducting a stop-and-search operation along the Illah Road.
The governor also appealed to residents not to take laws into their hands but should allow the police to conduct an in-depth probe into the circumstances that led to the sad incident.
Reports said Onyeka and his wife were on their way to a destination in the state when some policemen stopped their vehicle at the checkpoint.
After stopping, one of the policemen reportedly demanded N100 from Onyeka and he paid.
It was learnt that after he paid the money, Abri approached him again and demanded another money but the 26-year-old refused.
It, however, led to an argument that degenerated and in the process, Abri shot Onyeka in the head.
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