First Class graduate shot dead by trigger-happy policeman in Kaduna

A 30-year-old first class graduate of Economics from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Moses Murtala Aminu, has been shot dead by a policeman.

The victim had left his 67, Ahmadu Ahijo Street, Narayi-Highcost family residence last week Sunday full of life for a party at Barnawa , Kaduna, but could not return home as he was killed by a police constable.

His friend and eyewitness confirmed that the police constable identified as Alex Okpe was beating up his girlfriend outside the venue of the party and when Murtala tried to intervene, he got angry and pulled out his gun from his jeans trousers and fired straight into his heart.

According to an eyewitness who spoke under anonymity, after Murtala was shod dead, the police constable then fired again in the air twice to scare the people around and escaped on his motorcycle.

Moses Andrew, a friend who was with Muri, as he was popularly called, at the Time Out Lounge party venue in Barnawa, narrated that there was pandemonium after Muri was shot and Okpe, the policeman, had escaped .

The killer policeman was later tracked down and arrested by officers from Barnawa Police Division after the case was reported there.

Kaduna State Police Commissioner, Femi Adenaike, who confirmed the incident said it was true Alex Okpe was arrested and during interrogation confessed to have killed Murtala Aminu at a party venue.

Adenaike said Okpe claimed in his statement that he fired at Muri in “self defence” when he and his friends were trying to fight him over his girlfriend.

He said the police didn’t send Okpe to Barnawa at that time and if he is found guilty, he would be dismissed and taken to court for trial.

“The suspect is in the cell and we have commenced investigation. And if he is found guilty, we will give him an in-house trial and summary dismissal so that he can face the law for homicide,” the state police boss said.

Adenaike urged the family of the deceased to remain calm as the police are doing everything possible to investigate the case and ensure justice is done.


Credit: PM News