Student Shot because of N1,000 at a Checkpoint

A policeman attached to the Igbuzo Police Division has shot and wounded a student of Delta State Polytechnic, Sofia Ogogo and a civil servant, Victor Emeagwai, at a checkpoint in Delta State over an alleged bribe of (N1,000) one thousand naira. The victims were in a Toyota Corolla car, driven by an estate agent, Jerry Akinlabi when the incident happened. Both the victims are friends of Akinlabi.

According to information gathered by Nigerdelstars, a team of five policemen, including the alleged policeman, identified as Abua, had flagged down the car at a checkpoint along Igbuzo Market. Thereafter, one of the policemen, identified as Nwokolo, was said to have demanded money from Akinlabi who told him he could only part with N200 but the policeman insisted on collecting the N1, 000 he saw in his pocket.

The Victim in a pool of Blood

As Akinlabi drove off without parting with the N1, 000.00 Abua reportedly shot at the car and bullets pierced the back of the vehicle, hitting Ogogo, who sat in the back seat. The bullet also grazed the back of Emeagwai, who was at the passenger’s seat. The incident then forced the driver to stop and attend to the wounded passengers.

Narrating the story, a visibly shaken and angry Akinlabi, the driver of the car said: “On Sunday, November 17, 2017, I was driving to the Igbuzor Market and on getting to a checkpoint, I met the policemen. We knew one another some months ago when I had an issue concerning a property at the station. I sounded the horn to greet them, but they did not respond. “One of them used his gun to hit the boot and I reversed. He said I wanted to beat the checkpoint. I told him that I assumed that they knew me very well and apologised. He demanded money. I wanted to give him N100 or N200, but it was N1, 000 notes I had on me and I explained to him”.

Policemen at a CheckPoint

“He said, ‘Am I too small to collect N1, 000?’ When I declined to give him N1, 000, he asked me to pull over, which I did. As the argument over N1, 000 got heated; I entered my car and drove off. What I heard next was three gunshots aimed at my car”.

Realising that the occupants of my car were hit I had to take them to a general hospital in Igbuzo, from where Ogogo was referred to the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba. Subsequently, four of the Policemen, including the team leader, one ASP Akhabue, were detained by the police, while Abua evaded arrest”.

He also disclosed that: “the CP and the DPO of the Igbozo Police Station came to the FMC and deposited N100, 000.00 but I have spent much more than that.

Blood of the Victim on the Car Seat

Akinlabi said he later reported the matter to the Zone 5 Police Command where he met with the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 5, Benin, Edo State, who assigned a policeman to take his statement and follow up on investigation adding that the policeman came down to the police command, Asaba, the following day.

Akinlabi said when he returned to the police headquarters at Asaba the next day to meet the assigned Policemen sent from Zone 5 to investigate the matter, to his greatest surprised he observed that the policemen in Asaba police station had covered the bullets holes on his car’s windscreen, painted and washed the car in order to eliminate all evidence of the crime.

Nigerian Policemen readyu to tango

One of the victims who was shot accused the Police of trying to cover up the case in order to protect the rogue policemen who committed the crime. He, therefore, calls on the police authorities not to sweep the case under the carpet, saying the policemen must be punished. He said, “I don’t see any reason for the shooting. I have been going to the FMC to treat the gunshot injury for about three weeks now. The policemen should not go scot-free.”

Also a rights group, Behind Bars, through its coordinator, Harrison Gwamnishu, which Akinlabi contacted on the matter, said the group would institute a legal action against the police. He said, “We want to charge the case to court as a civil matter. It is barbaric. Why did the police wash the bloodstains in the car and covered the bullet holes without the consent of the owner?”

The Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Andrew Aniamaka, said the policemen would be brought to book if found culpable after the investigation.However, our utmost concern is that the injured victim gets proper treatment. The Area Commander and the DPO of the division in question are involved in the matter.