Armed policemen from the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) on Monday embarked on mass arrests of suspects during a search for the two bandits who killed an Inspector, Usman Shaibu in Ogidi, Idemili North Local Government Area last weekend.
Shaibu, who was attached to Operations (OPS) Department, State Headquarters, Awka, was shot down by the two yet to be identified armed robbers operating on a motorcycle on Saturday afternoon while he was carrying out a stop-and-search duty in his duty post at Ugwunwasike round-about, Ogidi.
An eyewitness said the SARS operatives mounted a patrol van at Nkpor junction and other strategic places, shot sporadically into the air and embarked on indiscriminate arrests of passers-by, a situation which forced petty traders, bread and fruits sellers to hurriedly pack their goods and run home until the ever-busy Nkpor Junction was deserted.
As at the time of filing this report, it was not yet certain how many persons had been arrested in connection with the incident and whether the killers had been fished out from among those apprehended during the mass arrests.
The robbers had taken the policeman unaware as they rode straight to him at the checkpoint where he and his colleagues were focusing on flagging down of vehicles for a stop and search of commuters and allegedly shot him at close range.
It was gathered that after watching his corpse lying stone dead, the robbers allegedly collected his AK 47 riffle and zoomed off, while other policemen who were with him escaped and took cover on hearing the sound of the robbers’ guns.
The incident which occurred within a minute caused pandemonium as road users and commuters at once alighted from their vehicles and scampered for safety.
An eye-witness, Barrister Pat Agbata, a legal practitioner based at Ogidi, described the incident as unfortunate, adding that the slain officer had died in active service which warranted that the family should be adequately compensated by the police authorities.
According to Agbata, “the Police authorities should intensify investigations with a view to arresting the perpetrators of the dastardly act who carried out their nefarious activities in a commando style”.
“What offence has he committed to be killed like a fowl, Despite the effort of Governor Willie Obiano to rid the state of men of underworld you still have them killing innocent people” he stated.
Contacted, the Ogidi Divisional Police Officer, DPO, Mr Hassan Musa, confirmed the incident adding that the late Inspector was attached to Operations, (OPS) State Headquarters, Awka.
According to him “the corpse has been deposited at Mission Hospital mortuary, Iyi-En, Ogidi, while investigations were ongoing.”