A police officer in Imo State has shot dead an 18 year old boy, Awuzie Duru because he retaliated when the officer slapped him.
Duru was killed within the premises of a new generation bank branch at Umuaka on Sunday, December 1.
The boy who hails from Isiozi Aka in Umuaka, Imo state, had reportedly, gone to the bank to withdraw money from the bank’s ATM gallery. He took his space on the line and other newcomers took their place behind him.
Shortly after, Duru left the line to answer a telephone call. He returned to take his place on the queue, but the bank customer who was behind him refused to let him get back on the line, leading to a verbal confrontation.
A policeman who was present at the scene, witnessed the confrontation but did not interfere.
The verbal exchange suddenly led to a fisticuff and the policeman got involved and started scolding Duru.
Duru was said to have told the officer that he refused to do anything when they were simply exchanging words but wants to scold him now that it has turned into a fight.
The officer reportedly slapped Duru for talking back at him at which Duru also slapped the officer. The officer corked his rifle and shot Duru, killing him on the spot.
Duru’s killing reportedly stirred up tension in the town as the youths in the area began planning an attack on the police station.
The youths mobilised to attack the police station but some elders appealed to them to allow the police hierarchy handle the matter.
An elder in the area told the media: “I can tell you that the boys were not happy with the matter is that policeman killed the boy over an altercation. So, they had mobilised to burn down the station to show their anger and loss.
“But, some of us had to intervene because this kind of thing has happened here before about 15 years ago when some policemen caused the death of some people in Umuaka here and our youths burned down the police station. So, we don’t want this kind of thing to happen anymore.
“Some of them are still planning to launch an attack but we’re still appealing to them.”
The state police commissioner, Rabiu Ladodo reportedly confirmed the incident and assured that the command was doing everything possible to contain any further crisis that might arise from the incident.
Ladodo also disclosed that the policeman involved had been arrested and will be punished if found guilty.