5 days after allegedly killing a 100-level scholar of the Imo State College, Divine Nwaneri, in entrance of the state Authorities Home, troopers have allegedly shot and killed a businessman, Noel Chigbu.
The sufferer’s elder brother and spokesman for the household, Tobechi Chigbu, informed PUNCH Metro on Monday that the army males on the Amakohia flyover in Owerri killed Noel round 10pm on Friday.
He stated Noel was shot useless on the day he took supply of his new Camry automotive and was driving dwelling on the shut of labor.
The distraught Tobechi stated Noel was killed after dropping off his good friend and was driving dwelling.
He informed our correspondent that the Deputy Commissioner of Police answerable for operations within the state was the one, who informed the household that the troopers stated that they shot him as a result of he violated their checkpoint rule.
Tobechi stated, “Noel was one in all my younger brothers. He would have been 39 on Might 18, however sadly, he was shot useless on the day he took supply of his new automobile. His corpse was dumped on the Federal Medical Centre in Owerri by the troopers, who killed him.
“The Deputy Commissioner of Police answerable for operations informed us that the army males, who introduced his automotive to the command headquarters, stated they killed him for violating their checkpoint rule.”
He stated the household would be certain that the troopers, who killed his brother, have been recognized and prosecuted.
Tobechi stated, “Noel was the proprietor of Shawarma Zone in entrance of the Dwelling Away Palace by Ukaigwe Hospital, Akwakuma junction, Owerri. He simply dropped of his good friend, who additionally does the identical enterprise with him in entrance of the Amakohia Market. It was round 10pm on Friday, April 30. His good friend, whom he dropped off, stated it was lower than three minutes after he alighted from the automobile when he heard gunshots within the vacation spot Noel drove to. He didn’t know that it was his good friend, who was shot by the troopers.
“His (Noel’s) whereabouts grew to become unknown as he didn’t return dwelling that evening. His spouse grew to become apprehensive and began calling us. The quantity was ringing and no one was selecting it till about 5.30 within the night of the next day. One individual picked it and stated that he was a policeman on the management room on the state police command headquarters in Owerri and requested us to come back.
“At first, we felt he had an issue with somebody with out realizing that the army males had killed him and dumped his corpse in a morgue on the FMC, Owerri. On reaching the police command headquarters, my brother recognized his new automotive and once we approached the automotive, we discovered that the again windscreen was shot. All of the 4 tyres have been deflated. We additionally noticed blood on the driving force’s seat. Chika Chigbu, my youthful brother, instantly sensed hazard.
“The entrance windscreen and all of the window glasses have been intact. Solely the again display was shattered by gunshots.”
He added, “Once we acquired there, they directed us to the Deputy Commissioner of Police answerable for operations, who informed us that troopers introduced the automobile round 1am on Saturday. The solders dropped his cellphone, the automotive key and a bunch of keys to his home with the police. He additionally stated the army guys dropped N5,400 belonging to my brother.
“At first, he stated the army males didn’t wish to make any assertion, however the police insisted and reluctantly in 1 / 4 web page sheet, the troopers wrote that the proprietor of the automobile violated their checkpoint rule and so they shot and killed him. Additionally they wrote that the family members of the proprietor of the automobile must be referred to the FMC in Owerri if they arrive round.”
Tobechi stated the household would make a correct presentation to the army to demand justice for his brother.
“Noel’s spouse is 4 months pregnant as we converse. He had a son, who turned two years a day after my brother was killed by troopers. His daughter is just 4 years. We wish to be certain that an harmless and hardworking younger man like my brother will get justice. He was killed by people who find themselves paid by our taxes, individuals who have been supposed to guard him,” he added.
When contacted, the spokesman for the 34 Artillery Brigade, Obinze, Owerri, Lieutenant Babatunde Zubairu, stated that he was not conscious of the incident.
On an extra inquiry, he stated he would solely remember if the household makes an official presentation to the army.
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