Only four days after scores of people tragically lost their lives in a ghastly explosion at a gas plant, the industrial town of Nnewi, again, bore witness to another tragedy when a policeman went berserk on December 27 and shot dead three people at a traditional marriage ceremony at Uruagu-Nnewi in Anambra State.
Policeman shoots 3 persons dead at a traditional wedding in Nnewi
Ifeanyi claimed that a guest ran inside and informed the celebrants on what transpired outside leading to the ceremony’s abrupt stop.
A witness of the occurrence, who identified himself simply as Ifeanyi, said the bride was dancing with the groom, the just-wedded couple being lavishly sprayed with crispy naira and dollar notes by merry family and friends when sound of gunshots were heard just outside the compound around 6:30pm.
It unfolded that an alleged drunk policeman had shot down three persons said to be prominent Nollywood actors, who had come to celebrate the marital union. The inebriated policeman was disarmed by fellow security agents at the scene.
When contacted, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Okechukwu Ali (DSP), has confirmed the incident.
In a related incident, a middle aged man identified as Onana Osua, who reportedly killed six persons over alleged food poisoning, was shot dead by a police patrol team at Ubiaja, headquarters of Esan South East Local Governmet Area of Edo State.
Osua, who was said to be a chairman of a motor park in Uromi, in the same council, was said to have left the hospital where he was admitted after he was reportedly poisoned and given five days to live.
Eyewitnesses said the man went home in a fit of rage, took his gun and went searching for the people he suspected in connection to the food poisoning. He visited the homes of these ‘suspects’ and killed them. Among his victims was said to be the wife of one of his targets.
After this killing spree, Osua fled to Ubiaja where, according to reports, he shot at a patrol team before he himself was felled by shots from police guns.
DSP Abiodun Osifo, the Edo state Police spokesperson established the authenticity of the incident.
He however said he was only aware of two persons who were shot. According to him, one died and the other victim was responding to treatment in an undisclosed hospital.
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