Citizens Call for Investigation into Anambra Shooting
Citizens of Anambra state have called for a thorough investigation into the shooting which resulted in the death of one Nnaemeka Nnabuenyi of Umuokwu village in Alor, Idemili Council Area of Anambra State on Christmas day.
The shooting was said to have been carried out by a Policeman who had allegedly aimed at a cow about to escape but accidentally shot and killed the victim.
The Police had initially come out to debunk the allegation, stating that the shooting was done by an operative of the Department of State Service (DSS), but later said the identity of the shooter was yet unknown.
The DSS, in turn, has also denied that its operative carried out the act, saying it was done by a local vigilante in the area.
Reacting to the development, the Coordinator of Anambra Civil Society Network, Prince Chris Azor said the state Police Command has a duty to conduct “prompt, impartial and exhaustive investigation” into the matter to ensure that justice is done.
“One thing is clear, a man was shot dead in the house of a known personality in Anambra state.”
“The Police said no official report has yet been made to the police of this incident. Murder and manslaughter cannot be compounded under the law. Denials by the police and the DSS are needless and appear diversionary.”
“The Police should delay no further in carrying out a prompt, impartial and exhaustive investigation to unravel the truth and ensure that necessary action is taken in accordance with the law”, added Azor.
On his part, a Human Rights Activist, Okey Nwanguma described the bulk passing as unwarranted, shameful and diversionary, fingering the security agents as being complicit in a cover-up gambit.
“I see this as a brazen, deceptive suppression of the truth. We must understand that this incident took the life of a young and vibrant Nigerian citizen who has family, friends, dependents and well-wishers.”
“So the point I’m making is that the Nigerian Police has a duty to expressly and thoroughly investigate this matter and ensure that those found culpable are brought to justice. Anything less would be unacceptable”, Nwanguma said.