Police officer kills man for defending his brutalized girlfriend

Another case of police brutality has been reported in Kaduna State where a police constable has killed a young graduate who tried to protect his girlfriend.

A trigger happy police constable identified as Alex Okpe, has snuffed life out of a 30-year-old first class graduate of Economics from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Moses Murtala Aminu, when he tried to defend his girlfriend who was being assaulted by Alex.

According to eye witnesses, the incident which happened in the Barnawa area of Kaduna State, took place at a party where Alex had attended with some friends.

At the venue of the party, Aminu's girlfriend and the police officer got into an argument and in a fit of anger, the officer began beating up the girl. Aminu was said to have tried to intervene, an act that infuriated the constable who reached for his jeans trousers, brought out his gun and fired, killing Aminu on the spot. The constable also shot in the air as he escaped on his motorcycle.

However, the killer policeman has been tracked down and arrested by officers from the Barnawa Police Division.

The incident was confirmed by Femi Adenaike, the Kaduna State Commissioner of Police who said that it was true Alex Okpe was arrested and he confessed to the killing on interrogation.

He said that Okpe claimed that he fired in ‘self-defence’ when Moses and his friends were trying to fight him over his girlfriend. According to the Police, Okpe was not even sent to Barnawa as at that time and he will be tried and dismissed if found guilty.

"The suspect is in the cell and we have commenced investigation. And if he is found guilty, we will give him an in-house trial and summary dismissal so that he can face the law for homicide."

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