A policeman, Inspector Ukeme Etuk, has been arrested for allegedly killing a graduate of the Abia State Polytechnic, Chinyere Ugochukwu, over an alleged N50 bribe.
Ugochukwu was on a motorcycle on Friday when his rider was accosted by policemen at a checkpoint in front of the Metrological Complex on Obikabia-Umukalika Road in the Obingwa Local Government Area of the state.
Report said the policemen attached to the Aba area command, had asked a bribe from the motorcyclist who declined resulting in an argument, adding that trigger-happy Etuk shot Ugochukwu to death when he intervened.
Consequently, the officers fled the scene.
According to an eyewitness, Christopher Nduagu, “He was a passenger on a motorcycle going to Obikabia Junction but one of the policemen at Umukalika police checkpoint stopped them to demand their usual N50, but the motorcyclist told him that he did not have the money.
“They had a heated argument, leading to intervention by the passenger. But the police officer, who warned Chinyere (Ugochukwu) not to come close to him, fired him and when he was rushed to a private hospital nearby, he was pronounced dead.”