The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Abia State Command has confirmed news that one of its operatives, Richard Eze shot a motorist death at the Umuekaa Junction, near Aba.
Mr. Nnamdi Nwannukwu, the state Commandant confirmed that the incident occurred around 7 a.m at a checkpoint on the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway.
It was learnt that the deceased, identified as Amobi Igwe, an indigene of Ishiagu in Ebonyi, was reportedly driving a Volkswagen RS Spacewagon when the incident happened.
Igwe, the deceased outmaneuvered men of the Federal Road Saftey Corps, who were also enforcing the lockdown on the expressway, close to the NSCDC checkpoint.
An eyewitness said that after escaping from the FRSC, the deceased also ran into the NSCDC checkpoint, where attempts to flag him down to ascertain why he was on the road during the lockdown reportedly failed.
According to the statement, the deceased rebuffed the attempts and “sped off dangerously, skidded over the barricade and brushed off the NSCDC operatives with his car”, while reportedly trying to evade arrest.
“The action of the driver raised suspicion among the NSCDC operatives that he could be a criminal attempting to beat security. The unfortunate development prompted one of the operatives at the checkpoint, SIC Eke Richard, to fire a shot, targeting the tyres. Unfortunately, the bullet strayed and hit him, leaving him wounded,” the statement added.
Later on, Igwe was confirmed dead at a hospital in the area.