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A heavily drunken police officer was said to have opened fire at a beer parlor in Abuja on Saturday, instantly killing a young man who had done nothing to enrage him according to eyewitnesses.
The incident happened around 9:00 a.m, witnesses said.
Peoples Gazette reports that the victim Samson John, a resident of Apo-Dutse, was already dead before he could get to the hospital after being shot by Samanja Johnson, a police inspector who visited the Abuja suburb Saturday morning.
Mr. John was murdered while having his breakfast at a joint in the suburb. Shortly thereafter, the inspector arrived at the same joint, popularly called “burukutu” joint, with a service pistol, witnesses said.
“The officer drank burukutu and threatened to kill someone before he shot Mr. John multiple times without provocation,” another witness explains.
Burukutu is a combination of grains and Guinea corn that could easily be brewed into alcohol.
Ishaya Babuwa, a community chief, said they were having a meeting in the palace when a commotion broke out that an inspector had fatally shot somebody.
“How can a police officer shoot somebody? Was there any incident? He was just walking around and he was just shooting anyhow,” Mr. Babuwa said.
The community leader said residents tried to disarm the heavily drunk police officer before Mr. John was fatally shot.
Other witnesses said Mr. John was shot three times by the inspector. He was ferried to Garki General Hospital where he was confirmed dead.
Mr. Johnson has since been taken into custody. A spokesman for the police in Abuja did not return multiple requests seeking comments Saturday evening.
Youth in the area who were outraged by Mr. John’s killing moved to unleash mayhem of their own on the community, but they were contained by a contingent of police officers promptly deployed to the area.