Killer of truck driver will not go unpunished –Police
By Tola Gbadamosi & Jimoh Ahmed, Owo.
The Ondo state police command has begun investigation on the trigger happy police officer who shot a truck driver dead at Uso in Owo local government area of the state as the command promised that it would not shield the culprit.
The State Commissioner of Police, Undie Adie said he has ordered a thorough investigation into the incident and the suspected officer would be made to face the wrath of the law.
The gruesome murder which occurred at about 1:30 pm on Monday was said to have occurred after a disagreement between the policeman and the truck driver which infuriated the policeman who pulled the trigger of his gun.
The Hope Metro leant that the command frowned at the killing, describing it as “barbaric and gruesome murder in its entirety.”
The statement further said that thorough investigations would be carried out to bring the culprits to book.
The command apologised profusely for any inconvenience or embarrassment the action must have caused anyone.
According to the command, we Commiserate with the family of the deceased, we want to say that the action of this erring officer does not represent what the Nigerian police or the command stands for.
The Nigerian Police and by extension the Ondo State Command respects the sanctity of life and dignity of human person as enshrined in the Nigerian constitution .
It would be recalled that the driver turned down the request of the policeman for N50 at a police check- point around Uso axis of Akure- Owo expressway.
It was also learnt that the killing angered motorists and youths in the community who took to the streets while the patrol team of the men of the 32 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army later on brought the situation under control.
In the same vain the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Owo Branch has condemned the killing of the driver at Uso, in Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State by a policeman at the checkpoint in the town.
In a release by the Association signed by its chairman, Barrister Tajudeen Olutope, described the killing as gruesome and barbaric.
“NBA Owo branch condemns in strong terms the dastard act of the police officer that led to the untimely death of a citizen. As far as the Bar is concerned, the killing of the truck driver by the errant policeman was barbaric, gruesome, unwarranted and condemnable. It was an affront on the constitutional rights of citizens to life and freedom of movement. It was a most despicable act of bestiality”.
While commending the timely response of the State Command of the Nigerian Police, the lawyers called on the police authority to ensure the dastardly act extends beyond mere condemnation and also see that only policemen who pass psychological and mental tests are allowed to man checkpoints on the nation highways.
Meanwhile the association has condoled with the family of the deceased and assured the family of standing with her in getting justice on the unwarranted killing of her illustrious member.
According to sources, the driver was killed after a hot argument with the policemen on duty over N50 bribe, which led to the shooting of the driver at close range.