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A tragic incident has occurred in Aba, Abia State, on Thursday when a policeman mistakenly shot his colleague while trying to arrest a suspect.
According to reports by Vanguard, the incident occurred at the Bata Junction area in Aba.
Eyewitnesses accounts said that a tinted glass jeep approaching from Factory road was stopped by policemen who tried to force the occupants into their patrol van.
But another policeman who was accompanying the tinted glass jeep pleaded with the patrol team to allow them passage, all to no avail. It was gathered that when the occupant of the vehicle resisted the arrest, one of the police officers pulled his gun and accidentally shot at his colleague
According to the eyewitnesses; “When the police officer shot at his colleague, they suddenly left the suspect they were forcefully trying to arrest and began attending to their colleague.
“However, the suspect fled to a nearby fast-food company where the soldiers stationed there intervened and the police officers and took their shot colleague into their patrol van and left.
Another policeman accompanying the man on the tinted glass jeep even pleaded with the patrol team to allow them to go, but they refused until the shooting.
” The injured policeman was said to have died on the way to the hospital, but the authenticity of the information could not be confirmed as at press time.
Police Public Relations Officer, Abia State Command, SP Geoffrey Ogbonna confirmed the incident but said he was yet to be briefed and cannot make a comment pm the issue.