By Luka Retle Kumbet
Plateau State Commissioner of Police, CP Bartholomew N. ONYEKA, has condemned the killing of one Mr Ibuchim Ofezie, aged 17yrs old, a resident of Agingi Community of Bassa Local Government Area, Jos by “some obdurate police patrol operatives attached to “C” Division of Plateau State Command.”
The Police Boss, who described the incident as a paradox, asserted that “Police officers are empowered by law to bear f!rearms to protect the lives of the citizenry and not to take lives with them.”
A statement issued by the Command PPRO, DSP ALFRED ALABO said, the Commissioner of Police immediately ordered the arrest of the police officers involved.
Consequently, the statement added that the five officers who made up the patrol team have been arrested and are currently being investigated at the Homicide Section of the Plateau State Cr!minal Investigation Department, Jos.
The CP assured the family and friends of the deceased and Plateau residents as a whole that the culprits would be “thoroughly investigated and made to face the wrath of the law according to their involvement in the vicious k!lling.”
He further promised that the outcome of the investigation will be made public.
Our correspondent reports that there was pandemonium on Monday in the Jos Central business area, otherwise called Terminus, as a police bullet reportedly hit a trader during a clash between commercial motorcyclists and law enforcement agents.