A policeman in Calabar, Cross River state capital, identified as Sergeant Edu Nkanu, has been arrested for shooting to death his 32-year-old neighbour, Victoria Ekpe. It was gathered that Nkanu carried out the act while he was drunk.
In a state of drunkenness, a police officer identified as Sergeant Edu Nkanu, residing in Calabar, Cross River state capital, on Sunday, July 8, reportedly killed his 32-year-old female neighbour, Victoria Ekpe.
Nkanu who lives precisely at 11, Joseph Mkpa street in Ikot-Ansa community in the Calabar Municipal local government area of the state, allegedly shot Ekpe when she asked him why he was always coming back home drunk, Punch reports.
Punch reported that Nkanu, who hails from the Abi local government area of the state, got back home drunk from a party, with a locally-made pistol on him.
Newsmen on Tuesday, July 10 gathered that the victim’s mother, popularly called Mma, was lamenting her daughter’s sudden death.
Elizabeth Bassey, an eyewitness of the development, said: “At about 8.30pm on Sunday, my late cousin (Victoria) and I were outside the compound. We had just come back from an outing; I went into the house to change my clothes while she stayed outside responding to some messages on her phone. Our mum, Mma, was also there.
“By the time I came out, she was still outside fiddling with her phone. Just about then, the policeman came back from his outing. Our mum asked him what he brought from his outing, he told her he did not come home with anything.
“He left Mma and came to the passage where I was standing, I asked him why he always got drunk anytime he went out. Immediately, he turned and brought out a pistol from his pocket cocked it and pointed it at me saying, this is what I brought from the party.
“I got scared and ran away, but he turned the gun to the direction of my late cousin, who was busy with her phone and did not know what we were discussing and shot her at her neck.”
Ekanem Ekpe, an elder sister to the deceased, said her sister was killed in front of her six-year-old daughter, Blessing, who drew her attention to the death of her mother.
The victim’s sister said: “I saw him with a gun and I said, “Nkanu, what happened, you have killed my sister, he was just staring at the gun and at my sister, all he said was I don’t know what happened. It was at that point that I held him and started shouting. People came out and managed to collect the gun from him.”
Confirming the sad incident, DSP Irene, the state police public relations officer, said that the Nkanu would be dismissed by the command and made to face justice.
Irene stated: “The Policeman has been arrested, he is in our custody and we are going to try him. The gun that he used to shoot the deceased is not a police gun; it is a locally-made pistol. So, he is going to tell us where he got that gun from and who ordered him to shot an innocent woman.
“There was no quarrel between them as we were told. We are going to prosecute him for murder after his dismissal.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that Mahmuda Hamza, a fraudster, had been arrested by the police command in Sokoto state for disguising as an officer, thereby extorting money from unsuspecting persons.
Mahmuda Hamza was paraded alongside some area boys at the police headquarters in the state on Friday, July 6, by the police command. DSP Cordelia Nwawe, the public relations officer, said that the commissioner of police in Sokoto has embarked on a crack down on criminal activities of hoodlums, rogues and violent persons.
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