By: Sunny David/Awka
Anambra State Branch Operatives of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Awkuzu were thrown into a mourning mood, following the shooting and killing of its operatives Sgt. Ibe by some policemen who mistook him for an armed robber.
The incident, according to our Correspondent occurred at Alor community in Idemili South Local Government Area of the state, home town of the incumbent Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige.
According to the source, the deceased Sgt. Ibe attached with Awkuzu F-SARS and the Anambra State Police Command was said to have gone to accompanied one of his colleagues to somebody’s residence for an arrest at about 4.30 a.m.
The source stated that the SARS operatives were just handcuffing their suspect when an eye witness who did not know that they were policemen or SARS operatives alerted some nearby policemen attached to some personalities within the neighborhood, informing them that some armed robbers and kidnappers were trying to abduct someone.
It was gathered that as soon as the policemen arrived the scene and saw the SARS operatives, they allegedly opened fire at once and gunned him down before his colleague identified themselves as SARS operative on special duty.
The Officer-In-charge of SARS at Awkuzu, Mr. Sunday Okpe, simply told newsmen on phone yesterday that the deceased operative was one of his subordinates.
While the State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, SP Haruna Mohammed also told newsmen on phone that he was not yet aware of the incident, adding that he would make some inquiries.