The Nigeria Police Force has arrested a trigger-happy officer, Sergeant Haruna Idi, who allegedly shot useless a driver over N50 bribe in Taraba State.
On Tuesday, SaharaReporters reported that some youths took to the streets to protest the killing of the younger man recognized as Oliver Ezra who was allegedly killed by the policeman.
SaharaReporters gathered that Ezra was shot and killed by the yet-to-be-identified police officer for allegedly refusing to pay N50 bribe.
The police nevertheless denied the bribery allegation, saying Ezra was hit by unintentional discharge, throughout a battle with Sergeant Idi at a roadblock alongside Jalingo/Yola street.
The Spokesperson for the Taraba police command, DSP Usman Abdullahi, mentioned that the deceased, had bodily engaged the officer in a fisticuff.
He mentioned, “What actually happened was that the police mounted a roadblock near a major pothole (at Lankavirri) along Jalingo/Yola road, leaving one lane for motorists to maneuver and past.
“Ezra, now late, arrived the checkpoint driving the Chairman of Lau native authorities Council, (Dr. Daniel Zading). He (Ezra) instructed the police to order a car from the wrong way to offer approach for him to cross as a result of he was driving a neighborhood authorities chairman.
“The officer said no. Instead he asked Ezra to give way on first come basis but he refused, instead, he rushed and grabbed the officer, challenging to give him right of the way because he was carrying a VIP (Very Important Personality).
“All this occurred whereas the Chairman and his police orderly have been within the automotive, calling on him to cease combating a police officer. This might be corroborated by the orderly.
“While he was struggling with the officer, the officer’s finger pulled the trigger, causing accidental discharge, which hit him (Ezra). He was immediately rushed to the hospital on the fateful day being Friday. Unfortunately he died yesterday, being Tuesday.
“It is instructive to notice that he (Ezra) was a political thug, which was why he behaved the way in which he did. Therefore, opposite to speculations, it was an unintentional discharge, as a result of if he was shot on function as claimed, he would have died on the spot.
“However, Sergeant Haruna Sani has been arrested and detained on the orders of the Commissioner of Police (CP Abimbola), who ordered a discreet investigation into the matter.”