An unidentified policeman has killed his colleague, an operative of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) in Alor, Idemili South local government area of Anambra State.
DAILY POST gathered that the policeman, who was on duty as guard at a private residence not too far from the home of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, opened fire on his colleague who had come to effect the arrest of an indigene, after he was contacted.
A source in the community said the SARS operative was in the community to arrest a suspect at around 4am, but just as he was whisking the suspect away, the police officer who was guarding a nearby residence was contacted with false alarm by people in the neighbourhood who told him that kidnappers had struck and were taking away a victim.
This prompted him to shoot at the supposed kidnapper, killing him instantly.
The source told DAILY POST, “He (the deceased) accompanied one of his colleagues to somebody’s residence for an arrest at about 4.30am.
“They were handcuffing their suspect when somebody who did not know that they were SARS operatives alerted some policemen on guard in a private residence in the neighborhood that kidnappers were trying to abduct someone.
“As soon as the policemen arrived the scene and saw the SARS operatives, they opened fire at them and gunned down the deceased. It was minutes after that his colleagues identified him as a SARS operative on special duty,” the source stated.
The Officer-In-charge of SARS at Awkuzu, Sunday Okpe, confirmed the incident in a telephone interview, saying the deceased was one of his subordinates.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Haruna Mohammed, did not pick the call put across to him by our correspondent for confirmation of the story, neither did he reply a text message sent to him for the same purpose.