A middle-aged petty trader, Kasarachi Okwuonu Moses was Wednesday night shot dead by the operatives of the State Anti Robbery Squad at Apumiri, Ubakala in Umuahia South LGA of Abia State.
As a result, scores of youths from the area trouped onto the Umuahia – Ubakala highway demanding for justice Thursday morning. According to them, the fruit seller was shot by the police in anger over their (police’s) failure to extort money from motorcyclists at the Ubakala market on that fateful day.
An eye witness who refused to give his identity said the operatives of SARS were in the habit of arresting motorcyclists popularly called Okada at the Apumiri market at night with the aim of extorting money, but could not get any motorcyclist to extort money from as the motorcyclists had fled on sighting the police.
“Out of frustration, they shot sporadically leading to the killing of the lady”, he enthused.
However, while confirming the incident, a select group of journalists, the Commissioner of Police in Abia State, Mr. Ene Okon said the report he had shown that the victim was cut down during an exchange of crossfire between the operatives of SARS and a gang of armed robbers in military camouflage operating in the area.
The Abia CP explained that the police, acting on a distress call by some members of the public, came to the scene and engaged the robbers in a shootout, pointing out that it was while the bullets were flying at different directions that the woman was cut down.
“In response to the distress call, the operatives of SARS arrived at the scene and confirmed that they were actually armed robbers and immediately engaged them in a shootout.
“During the exchange of gunfire, a stray bullet cut the woman down but the victim was rushed to the hospital where she was confirmed dead. Even the Sienna vehicle operatives of SARS were riding in was riddled with bullets. It is now at Ubakala Police Station. There was nothing like direct firing”, insisted.
Mr. Okon said, however, that to get a clearer picture of the incident, he immediately constituted an investigative panel to unravel the circumstances leading to the death of the fruit seller. “The panel will be executed by the State CID”, he said.
The CP, therefore, called on the people of Ubakala to remain calm “because there was no evidence to show that the lady was deliberately shot”. His word, “the state command is sad about it. For now, all security apparatus has been set up to secure the environment”.
Meanwhile, the aged father of the deceased, Mr Okwuonu Moses demanded for justice when newsmen approached him, asking the Abia State to assist the family to fish out the killers of Karachi so that her death would not be in vain.
JUST IN: FG Suspends Reconstruction Of Enugu International Airport
The Federal Government, on Tuesday, announced the suspension of the ongoing reconstruction work at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.
The Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika disclosed this after an inspection tour of the project.
He arrived the airport aboard a police chopper, with only few officials.
Sirika said the project, which had gone beyond 90 percent, would have been delivered before Easter.
“But considering that the construction workers have downed tools owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Government hereby officially announce suspension of procurement.
“The work would have been completed in 6-7 days, but the workers left to be with their families in view of the social distancing,” the minister declared.
Davido’s Father, Adedeji Adeleke Donates N1 BILLION To Help Nigeria Fight COVID-19
To strengthen national response to COVID-19 in Nigeria, billionaire business magnate, founder and president of Adeleke University has donated the sum of N1billion to the Federal Government.
Mr Adeleke, who is the father of popular superstar singer, Davido donated N500million worth of food stuff across Osun State and N500million to the Nigerian government.
The donation was announced by publisher of Ovation Magazine, Dele Momodu on his Instagram page on Tuesday.
”DR ADEDEJI ADELEKE CONVID-19 DONATION… Dr Deji Adeleke (aka BABA OLOWO) Donates N500milliion worth of food stuff across Osun State and N500million to FG. MAY GOD REPLENISH SIR…”
COVID-19: We Have Started Immediate Cash Transfer To Poorest Households — FG
Minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, Sadiya Farouq, says the Federal government has begun cash transfer to the poorest households in the country to cushion the economic impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Farouk announced this at a press conference in Abuja. She said her ministry has commenced advance payment of conditional cash transfer to the poorest households in the country. She however did not disclose the amount of cash that is being transferred to the poor.
“In Mr. President’s speech, paragraph 54, he directed that the conditional cash transfer should be given in advance of two months. This we have also done. We have directed immediate cash transfer to the poorest and most vulnerable households in the country.
“Because of this COVID-19, the vulnerable groups have to expanded, because we are aware that there are people who live on daily wage, so we are also going to look at those groups of people to see how we can get this food relief intervention to them in this period.” she said
Lagos and Abuja are currently on lockdown as part of measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus. As of this morning, Nigeria has 131 confirmed cases of Coronavirus.
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