Police arrest officer over death of passenger in Edo

Edo State police command says it has arrested one of its personnel who fired a shot that killed a passenger in Benin on Friday.

SP Kontongs Bello, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, said this in a statement in Benin on Saturday saying the officer, who is of the anti-kidnap and cybercrime unit of the command, was trying to arrest a murder suspect when he fired a shot to restrain the fleeing suspect but the shot unfortunately hit the thigh of one of the passengers in a moving vehicle who was rushed to the Edo Specialist Hospital where he later died.

“The bullet unfortunately hit one of the occupants of a moving vehicle identified as Moses Adam. He was rushed to the Edo Specialist Hospital where he gave up the ghost.

“The erring officer will go through an administrative trial that will determine his culpability”, the statement said.

The PPRO noted that the Commissioner of Police, Philip Agbadu, was saddened by the incident and condoled with the family of the deceased.

He added that, the CP assures the public that he will not hesitate to deal with any erring and overzealous officer who acts unprofessionally in the course of his duty saying the suspect was arrested following a tip off from the public.


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