- The DSS says there is no iota of truth in reports making the rounds that an operative of the agency shot and killed a middle-aged man in error in Anambra
- Spokesperson of the secret police, Afunanya, says there is no way an operative would pull his firearm to stop a runaway cow or to kill someone in error
- The police in Anambra had claimed that a DSS operative killed late Umuokwu in Alor but also said it is still investigating the matter
The Department of State Services (DSS) has faulted reports that one of its operatives attached to a VIP shot a native dead in error at Alor community in Anambra state.
DSS's spokesperson, Peter Afunanya, described reports that an operative shot dead a man identified as Onyeocha Umuokwu “while targeting a cow that was running away” as untrue.
"It is not true that a DSS personnel was responsible for this act," he said.
He explained that the activities of the secret police are guided by strict rules of engagement that would not allow room for such an act to take place.
"Arms handling in the Service is guided by strict control procedures and measures such that none of its staff could have used his/her assigned gun to shoot an innocent native or escaping cow. The Service is professional and will remain so in the discharge of its duties. It is committed to the maintenance of peace and public safety across the country during and after the yuletide season," he added.
In a statement by Afunanya posted by PRNigeria, the DSS noted that the police has yet to conclude investigations and therefore, cannot say categorically who carried out the shooting.
However, the secret police said its own preliminary findings indicated that a local vigilante in the community carried out the shooting.
"The Police has further issued a statement informing the public that it was yet to conclude its investigation to determine the actual killer of the person in question. However, enquiries have indicated that a member of a vigilante group in the area carried out the shooting."
The secret police urged the public to ignore the story that an operative of the agency shot a person over a runaway cow.
The position of the police is however at odds with the explanation of the DSS.
Legit.ng had reported that Haruna Mohammed, the Anambra Police Command spokesperson, denied initial reports that the act was committed by a policeman, describing it as misleading.
He added that though the alleged incident was not reported to the police, "detectives led by DPO Nnobi Division visited the scene but neither the Engineer nor the victim’s relative is willing to provide any useful information that will aid police investigation."
A source close to the family had claimed in initial reports that a policeman on duty at the house of the VIP shot dead the middle-aged Umuokwu.
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