The Anambra State Police Command on Wednesday, confirmed the killing of two boys at Nkpor near Onitsha during a protest by irate youth over the arrest of some of their members for flouting the lockdown directive.
The incident that recorded two casualties including a 20-year-old man occurred at New Tyre Market, Nkpor near Onitsha on Wednesday.
The killing according to sources of the yet to be identified boys by the police resulted in a protest by some irate youths, who burnt tyres on the road.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Haruna Mohammed, who confirmed the incident, attributed the killings to an unprovoked attack on police patrol team by some miscreants.
“It was caused by an unprovoked attack on police patrol team with substance suspected to be acid by some miscreants.
“Yes, they snatched the rifle of the policeman after pouring acid on him, which prompted the other policemen to use force and retrieve the AK 47 rifle.
“Meanwhile, efforts are ongoing to restore sanity in the area,” he said.
Mohammed added that the state Commissioner of Police, Mr John Abang had ordered a discreet investigation into the incident.
An eyewitness however, told NAN that the incident occurred at Ezego Str., Nkpor near Onitsha around 1:00p.m on Wednesday.
The source said some officials of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), who were relaxing at a shop near the scene of incident, accosted the boys for flouting the lockdown.
“The boys were actually playing ball across the road and decided to buy sachet water when the police officers saw them and wanted to arrest them.
“But they firmly resisted the arrest, which provoked the shooting by the police officers,” the source said.
NAN gathered that the shooting got youths around the area angry and they mobilised against the police officers, burning vehicle tyres in protest.
“One of the boys, who was shot at the stomach did not die immediately but was rushed to the hospital. He did not survive,” another source hinted.
In another development, Mohammed said the Command had launched full scale investigation into an incident in a video clip where a police officer shot and deflated tyres of a vehicle at Umunze.
In a statement on Wednesday, the police spokesperson expressed sadness over the police officer’s misconduct at Nkwo roundabout, Umunze.
“The attention of Anambra Police Command has been drawn to a video clip that went viral in the social media on April 14.
“There, a Police officer allegedly shot and deflated the front tyres of a Mazda CX-9 4WD with registration AKD 277 FM driven by one Nnaemeka Offor at Nkwo roundabout Umunze in Orumba South LGA of Anambra.
“The Commissioner of Police, CP John Abang is deeply saddened by the unfortunate incident and has ordered for a full scale investigation into the matter.
“The CP further assures the public that justice would be done in the case and the outcome of Police investigation would be made public in due course please,” he said.