For allegedly shooting a 17 year old boy, Master Arinze Obigbo, in his abdomen during the Mgbe – Agbogho festival of Ogidi, weekend at Ugwunwasike round-about, by one of the eight mobile policemen posted to the spot, all of the eight are said to be cooling off at Ogidi police station.
Making this disclosure to newsmen, the President General of Ogidi, Chief Chuka Jideofor Onubogu said, “the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, Mr Mark Ijarafu, played a fatherly role, like I learnt from him the officers involved are being detained at the Ogidi police station.”
“There is no enough reason to shoot a boy of that age while they were celebrating the Mgbe-Agbogho festival to herald the arrival of the popular Nwafor festival”
“The eight policemen did not manage the situation well when the youths with their masquerades were in the round-about celebrating and displaying youthful exuberance”.
“I learnt the police started firing into the air to scare them and as they were running helter skelter, master Obigbo was being pursued by one of the policemen and as he (Obigbo ) fell down, the policeman rushed to him and shot him immediately on the abdomen and on sensing danger all of the policemen ran awayand as the news spread, the DPO quickly took the boy to the hospital, first to Mayor hospital and later to Multicare hospital and the community will foot the hospital bill as he is responding to treatment when I went there”.
Contributing, the Chairman of Uruezealor village where the boy hails from, Nnamdi Okalor, who was flanked by their counsel, Barr. Pat Agbata, demanded for justice to take its course on the particular policeman that did the shoting while Okpato Ifeanyi who was among the masquerade troup when the incident happened vowed to identify the particular policeman that shot the boy if called upon to do so.
When newsmen visited Multicare Hospital along Umunya Street, Omagba Phase 11, the Medical Doctor, S. Ilochi, confirmed that the boy had a bullet wound and that he was responding to treatment.
Contacted on phone the DPO declined to make comment and referred this reporter to the Police Public Relation Officer, PPRO,
However, contacting the State Commissioner of Police, CP, Garba Baba, on phone, he advised the family to visit him in Awka, adding that presently he was on transit.