Mob sets Anambra police station on fire after cop killed okada rider

Angry okada riders have reportedly torched a police station in Igboukwu in the Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State.

Witnesses reportedly said the police station was set ablaze around 8am on Wednesday after a police officer fatally shot an okada rider the night before.

“As I’m talking to you, the place is in flames,” Punch quoted a witness identified as Goddy to have said.

“The mob, made up of okada operators, are moving to Ekwulobia police station now also to set the station there ablaze.”

State police spokesperson Haruna Mohammed confirmed the fatal shooting.

He appealed for calm and added that police commissioner John Abang already ordered the arrest of the officer who killed the okada rider.

“On Tuesday about 10.30 pm, there was an altercation between police operatives and motorcycle riders over some impounded motorcycles as a result of the recent restriction on movement of motorcycles beyond 9pm in the state,” the police spokesperson said.

“The situation degenerated into chaos which led to an accidental discharge that hit one motorcycle rider and burning of the Igboukwu police station by angry youth.

“The Commissioner of Police, John Abang, is deeply saddened by the unfortunate incident and has ordered the detention of the policemen involved and full-scale investigation into the matter.

“The CP further appealed for calm and assured the public that justice would be done in the case, and the outcome of police investigation shall be made public in due course.”

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