Police Brutality: Policeman kills Delta State Polytechnic student over N200 bribe

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Policeman allegedly shot student to death

The policeman identified as sergeant Abua also shot a civil servant who was in the same vehicle with the student.

A student of the Delta State Polytechnic, Sophia Oghogho has reportedly been shot dead by a police officer attached to the Igbuzo Police Division over N200 bribe.

The policeman identified as sergeant Abua also shot a civil servant who was in the same vehicle with Oghogho.

According to reports, the victims were in  a Toyota Camry driven by Jerry Akinlabi, an estate agent when the incident happened.

Punch reports that a team of five policemen had flagged down the vehicle at a checkpoint along Igbuzo Market and one of them identified as Nwokolo allegedly demanded money from the driver.

 

The driver reportedly drove off after telling the police officer he did not have N200 to spare.

This didn't seem to go down well with the Police officer as e shot at the vehicle and pierced the back of the vehicle, hitting Oghogho, who sat in the back seat. The bullet also grazed the back of another passenger sitting in the front seat with the driver.

Narrating the incident, Akinlabi said the policemen demanded N1000 from him and when he told them he didn't have the money they asked him to pull up.

The driver, Akinlabi narrates his encounter with the police men before Sergeant Abua fired the shot.

He said, “On Sunday, November 17, 2017, I was driving to the Igbuzor Market and on getting to a checkpoint, I met the policemen. We knew one another some months ago when I had an issue concerning a property at the station. I sounded the horn to greet them, but they did not respond.

“One of them used his gun to hit the boot and I reversed. He said I wanted to beat the checkpoint. I told him that I assumed that they knew me very well and apologised. He demanded money. I wanted to give him N100 or N200, but it was N1,000 notes I had on me and I explained to him.

 

“He said, ‘Am I too small to collect N1,000?’ When I declined to give him N1,000, he asked me to pull over, which I did. As the argument over N1,000 got heated, I entered my car and drove off. What I heard next was three gunshots aimed at my car.

“A bullet pierced into the car, hit my girlfriend’s body, came out and hit my friend in the back.”

Akinlabi said he took the victims to a general hospital in Igbuzo, from where Oghogho was referred to the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba before she died.

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