Ohafia killing: IGP redeploys Abia CP, sets up investigative panel
- IGP Adamu has redeployed the commissioner of police in charge of Abia state, Okon Ene
- Ene's redeployment was not unconnected with the killing of a 21-year-old man, Ifeanyi Arunsi, by a police sergeant in Umuahia
- The IGP has also set up an investigative panel to probe Arunsi's killing and circumstances that led to his death
Following the killing of a 21-year-old man, Ifeanyi Arunsi, by a police sergeant, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu has redeployed the commissioner of police in charge of Abia state, Okon Ene.
Legit.ng gathered that the deceased was said to have been shot and killed by one Sergeant Collins Akpugo, in front of his father's house at Okwulagha Afara Ukwu in Umuahia, the Abia state capital.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, April 21, by the Force public relations officer, Frank Mba, the IGP said the investigation panel would among others review police actions and inactions prior, during and after the death of Arunsi and the circumstances surrounding the attack on the police station and damage to property.
The statement read: ”The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, has condemned the glaring unprofessional conduct and misuse of firearms by a policeman at Ebem Ohafia area of Abia state on Friday, April 17, which led to the unfortunate death of one Mr. Ifeanyi Arunsi. The IGP equally condemns the resort to self-help by some people and the resultant arson and damage to government property and operational assets of the Nigeria Police Force.
“Meanwhile, the IGP has set-up a special investigation panel headed by the DIG Anthony Michael Ogbizi, fdc in charge of the Force Criminal Investigation Department to carry out a comprehensive investigation into the unfortunate incident."
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He assured that the investigation into the case would be swift and thorough noting that justice will surely be done to all parties.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that there was a mild drama in some areas of Lagos state on Monday, April 20, as armed youths who protested against alleged attacks by hoodlums known as the One Million Boys threw residents of Mushin, Oworonshoki, Shomolu, Bariga and Isolo areas into panic.
In another report, security experts in Nigeria predicted an increase in the crime rate in the country after the coronavirus pandemic is over.
It was reported that a former Department of State Services (DSS) boss, Dennis Amachree, said the fallouts of the lockdown in its first two weeks, especially in Lagos, were indications that there would be a spike in criminal activities during and immediately after the COVID-19 lockdown.
Amachree said the crime rate may also increase due to the release of some prisoners by the federal and state governments in a bid to contain COVID-19 spread in the prisons.
The security expert said the criminals freed may regroup to form gangs again after the pandemic is over.
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