– Policemen attached to the speaker of Abia state House of Assembly were arrested for shooting officials of the FRSC
– They reportedly shot the FRSC personnel for stopping the wife of the speaker who flouted traffic law
– The wounded men are still receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital
A policeman and a DSS operative attached to the speaker of Abia state House of Assembly, Chikwendu Kalu, have been arrested for shooting two officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission.
The incident occurred at Arungwa Junction, near Aba, on the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway, when the officials stopped the vehicle conveying the speaker’s wife, Victoria, to Aba.
She was accused of not using her seat belt and her car was about to be booked when she reportedly called her husband, who sent in the police.
However, the speaker told journalists on Sunday, July 16, that he sent his chief detail to the place, but was surprised to hear later that there was shooting.
Kalu, who condemned the shooting, described it as an act of “over-zealousness” by security operatives as he did not order them to do so.
The spokesman of the command, Geofrey Ogbonna, made the announcement on Monday in Umuahia in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria.
He, however, declined to disclose the identities of the operatives.
Ogbonna said: “The shooting did not involve the police alone: an officer from the Department of State Services was also involved.
“The two persons have been arrested and are being detained. Investigation into the incident had commenced.”
Meanwhile, Abia state sector command of the FRSC has declined to comment on the matter.
However a reliable source at the command told NAN on condition of anonymity that one of the victims had a pellet from the shot lodged in a sensitive part of his waist.
The source said: “He was booked for surgery for the removal of the pellet, but we learnt this morning that the surgery could no longer go on.
“Doctors said that surgery could cause him permanent disability and that it would be better to manage his condition with the pellet in his body.”
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NAN recalls that the FRSC officials were shot on Saturday by the security aides attached to Kalu.
The incident took place at Arungwa Junction (near Aba) on the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway when the officials stopped the vehicle conveying the speaker’s wife, Victoria, to Aba.
NAN learnt that trouble started when the officials attempted to book the vehicle on the grounds that the occupants did not wear seat belts.
The speaker told newsmen on Sunday that following a distress call he got from his relations at the scene, he sent his Chief Detail to the place.
Kalu said he was surprised to hear later that there was shooting in which FRSC officials were involved.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com earlier reported that an officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence in Dutse, Jigawa, state, killed a man and injured a police officer after firing several shots on Friday, July 14.
The incident reportedly happened when some officers of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) called NSCDC official for reinforcement after a clash with some members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).
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