A man has reportedly been shot and killed by a police officer in Akwa Ibom during a wedding ceremony on Thursday, Noember 7th.
According to reports the wedding ceremony where the Police officer allegedly killed a man was also attended by Akwa Ibom state governor, Udom Emmanuel in Ikot Ukab, Nsit Ubium Local Government Area of the state.
The police spokesperson, Odiko MacDon, confirmed the incident and identified the victim as Godwin Thomas through a statement issued on Friday. The statement reads in part;
“Our preliminary findings showed that as at the time of the incident, the security personnel from Akwa Ibom Government House had left the area,” Mr MacDon, a superintendent of police, said in the statement.
The police statement said the marriage ceremony was “well attended”, apparently referring to the presence of the governor and other dignitaries at the event. “There were police personnel from within the state and neighbouring states on escort duties,” the police spokesperson added.
“While the identity of the perpetrator of this dastardly act is, for now, unknown, the Commissioner of Police, Zaki Ahmed has ordered for a more discreet investigation to be quickly carried out to unravel the perpetrator of the said crime and prosecute same,” he said.
In a statement from the commissioner for information in the state, Charles Udoh, on Friday, the Governor Emmanuel is “deeply saddened” about the killing of Mr Thomas. The killing was described as a “tragic event at the end of an otherwise joyous occasion”. Mr Udoh said it was an “unwarranted loss of an innocent life”.
The governor has ordered the security agencies to “fish out” and “prosecute” the killers.
“While commiserating with the family of the deceased, the governor reiterates his administration’s commitment to the continued protection of lives and property within the boundaries of the state” Udoh said.