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.
S/Court Ruling: What Happened In Imo Enough For INEC Chair To Resign — APC Chieftain
A chieftain of the All Progressive Congress, Mr Peter Esele, said on Friday that the Independent National Electoral Commission should take all the blames for the verdict of the Supreme Court on the Imo election.
Esele, a former President of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, made the declaration while speaking in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Benin.
He argued that Nigerians should look beyond the controversy of the judgment and address the foundation of the judgment
The activist noted that the judgment underscored the inefficiency and ineptitude of INEC.
According to him, the result of the governorship election, held on March 9, 2019, in Imo should not have been announced in the first place because so many irregularities were reported during the election.
Esele said that in view of the reported irregularities, one would have expected INEC to have cancelled the election and have a proper election conducted.
“INEC did not do its job properly so that is why Supreme Court judges are intervening.”
The APC stalwart stressed that for the Supreme Court to have a unanimous decision over a matter or election, it means the election was badly conducted.
“So what happened in Imo State is enough for the INEC chairman to resign if Nigeria is a sane clime where things are done properly.
“Whoever is aggrieved has to accept it because the Supreme Court is the highest court in the land,” said Esele.
Group Gives Tinubu 24 Hours To Reveal Position On Amotekun
A Southwest Association, Save Lagos Group, has given the All Progressives Congress stalwart, Bola Tinubu, 24 hours to reveal his position on the Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed ‘Operation Amotekun’.
Tinubu, who is seen as the leader of the Southwest by many, has remained silent on Amotekun which was launched by Southwest governors last week.
The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN, had on Tuesday declared the outfit as illegal while the Southwest governors have remained unfazed.
In a statement on Friday, the Convener, Save Lagos Group, Adeniyi Sulaiman, said the group was giving Tinubu 24 hours to speak up.
Sulaiman asked Tinubu, who is an advocate of restructuring, to be courageous regardless of his rumoured Presidential ambition.
The activist rubbished threats by northern groups like the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore which stated that supporting Amotekun may cost the Southwest the Presidency in 2023.
He said it was hypocritical of the Federal Government to allow Shariah Police, Hisbah, to operate in more than 10 northern states while it declared Amotekun, which is operating only in the Southwest as illegal.
The SLG convener said the safety of the people of the Southwest was worth more important than any Presidential ambition.
He commended several personalities like Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka; Afenifere chieftain, Chief Ayo Debanjo; activist, Mr. Femi Falana, SAN; Chief Olu Falae, Otunba Gani Adams and several others for speaking up for the people of the region.
PHOTOS: Soldiers Invade, Burn Ijaw Community
Troops of Joint Task Force (JTF) Operation Delta Safe (ODS) have invaded and burnt part of Bilabiri community in Ekeremor Local Government Area, Bayelsa State, The Nation reports.
It was gathered that soldiers attacked the community on Friday morning and forced residents to flee into the creeks for safety.