A Policeman who reportedly mistook his arms-bearing colleague for a robber because he was in mufti, is now the subject of an investigation after he reportedly shot his colleague to death.
The incident which is now being investigated by the Enugu State Police command, occurred at the Independence Layout axis of the city on Saturday night during a downpour.
Confirming the incident, the Command’s spokesman, Superintendent of Police Ebere Amaraizu who spoke with NAN in Enugu, disclosed that when the incident happened, the police personnel quickly took the injured policeman to a nearby hospital but he died after some hours.
“It is one of the operational hazards of the job. It was a mistake.
“The main Police patrol team in that axis of the city was on a patrol duty and it responded to a distress call and mistook the arm-bearing plain-clothed policeman for an armed robber.
“Also, the unfortunate incident happened due to the hour of the night as well as the downpour, which could not allow the patrol team to clearly identify the plain-clothed policeman before the gun was shot,’’ he said.
Amaraizu added that the corpse of the deceased policeman has been deposited in the mortuary.
Recall that few months ago, a policeman in Yenagoa was also inadvertently shot and killed by a fellow policeman during a gun duel between the police and suspected cultists. An eyewitness who preferred anonymity, stated that the incident occurred at Obele Area of Ovom in Yenagoa, leaving residents in apprehension.
According to him, trouble started when a misunderstanding among some members of a cult group cultists degenerated to a fight, resulting in gunshots which eventually attracted a police patrol team to the area.
The Police Command Spokesman, DSP Asinim Butswat, who confirmed the incident, said the killing was shocking.
“Yes, the incident was between cultists but as the police went to find out what was going on, the cultists started shooting and one of the policemen mistakenly shot an officer.
“Though, we are yet to get the full details because some of our men, who were at the scene, are supposed to brief us on the matter.”