On Tuesday, August 13, 2019, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Haruna Mohammed, who confirmed the casualty figures, made it known that the incident occurred at about 1pm at Obosi New Park, Onitsha.
“There was an intelligence report that some suspects, who escaped from custody, were seen at that place and the police mobilised and went there to make arrests.
“ They were, however, stopped by some hoodlums who attempted to disarm a policeman.
“The policeman tried to liberate himself from them, but they refused. So he had to use his fire arm and unfortunately, it hit one of them.
“The victim was rushed to a hospital but was confirmed dead,” Mohammed said.
According to NAN reports, the hoodlums got angry over the death of the man, therefore went on rampage, blocking the Onitsha–Owerri road.
Although their activities disrupted vehicular movement for about 45 minutes, it took the intervention of reinforced police team and the local security guards to disperse the rampaging hoodlums.
“So far the area is calm and the Commissioner of Police has ordered an investigation to ascertain the cause of the incident,” Haruna added.
The PPRO declined comment on whether the wanted criminals were later arrested.