THE lockdown is reaping tragic consequences for security operatives as the police in Anambra shot two youths while an operative of the National Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) killed one in Abia.
The Police in Nkpor, Anambra State, on patrol to enforce the lockdown order had shot the youth when people drinking at a pub broke up and ran away.
As the police gave chase, one of the victims, who was out to buy foodstuffs and unaware of the situation, fell as he tried to run, but he was shot at close range.
The irate mob disarmed the Policeman and was about to set him ablaze when the his colleagues rescued him.
In trying to rescue him, the other Policemen shot indiscriminately to scare the irate crowd and in the process, a spray bullet hit another person who later died in a nearby hospital.
The Commissioner of Police John Abang has ordered an investigation
the community leaders implored the CP to ensure that justice prevailed.
Meanwhile, in Abia, a man identified as Amobi Igwe was shot dead at a checkpoint mounted by operatives of the National Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), to enforce the ongoing lockdown in the State.
The incident, Wednesday at Umuikaa Junction in Isiala Ngwa South Local Government Area, took place about 8 a.m. when the late Igwe allegedly didn’t stop his car after the operatives flagged him down.
He was shot point blank in his car by the NSCDC operative.
The State governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, directed the Commissioner of Police, Mr Ene Okon, to investigate the killing of Igwe, a native of Ishiagu in Ivo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
The Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, in a statement appealed “to members of the public to remain calm and not take the laws into their hands, and assure that no effort will be spared in ensuring that justice is done swiftly.”
He implored security agents to show restraint in the use of firearms as they are on duty to protect lives not waste it.