Chikwendu Kalu, Speaker, Abia State House of Assembly has allegedly ordered the shooting of some officers of Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, for stopping a car that his wife was in. The incident occurred on Saturday along Umuikaa/Aba-Port Harcourt Expressway.
Eyewitnesses told SUNDAY PUNCH that Kalu ordered some policemen to carry out the shooting when the FRSC officers stopped a Sport Utility Vehicle his wife was travelling in.
“When the vehicle was stopped (by the FRSC officials), the driver refused to stop, only for him to stop at a distance.
“The driver reversed the vehicle and it was discovered that a woman in the passenger seat in front, is an officer of the Department of State Services attached to the governor’s wife.
“The DSS officer ran towards the officer who stopped the vehicle, held him by uniform and dragged him to the ground, accusing him of hitting their vehicle,” a source said.
“One of them called the speaker whose village is nearby. He then came with some policemen. He ordered them to shoot the armless officers who were sitting inside the patrol vehicle and mercilessly beat up the team leader.
“The policemen also forcefully opened the patrol vehicle and went away with the battery. They left the team leader and the other officials that were shot on the road. Other road users helped them to the hospital,” said the source,” the source added.
Bisi Kazeem, FRSC Corps Public Education Officer, confirmed the incident. He said the case had been reported to the commissioner of police in the state for further investigations.
- Bola Kougbe