The premises of a Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation
Mega Station located at the Control Post junction in Owerri, the Imo State capital, has been deserted following the alleged killing of one Friday Nduka, by a police Inspector, Mike Edem, who was on duty at the station.
The handsome young man, who returned from Malaysia for his wedding in Owerri on December 27, 2016, hailed from the Oguta area of Imo State.
He was reportedly shot dead on December 22, just 5 days to his wedding, by the trigger-happy policeman, who is now at large, in the presence of his brother and fiancée.
An eyewitness told Punch that Nduka got into in a serious argument with one of the pump attendants over his missing iPhone 7.
He said the argument degenerated into a fight and Nduka, inflicted injuries on the attendant.
The witness said the manager, Mrs. Ruth Enemmuo, who is now in police detention, intervened and that as soon as Nduka entered into his car, the police inspector fired, killing him instantly.
It was the inspector fled the area and had not been seen.
The manager later went to the police station to report the killing, but was detained immediately.
A human rights lawyer and counsel to the detained NNPC manager, Kissinger Ikeokwu, said there was no reason for the police to detain the NNPC station manager.
“Now, the police are saying that my client should produce their own fleeing officer,” he added.
The woman, who spoke from her cell, said all the station’s attendants, including the one that had an altercation with the deceased, were on the run.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Andrew Enwerem, confirmed the incident and described the inspector as unruly.
Enwerem stated that the Inspector-General of Police had mandated the Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu, to apprehend the fleeing police inspector