A policeman has allegedly pursued a tricycle rider to his death over N 100 bribe. The officer, a sergeant attached to the Bridge Head Police Division, Onitsha, Anambra State, was said to ave chased the 22-year-old deceased, Samuel Agu, to the path of a speeding bus, which crushed him to death.
It was gathered that the deceased refused to give the policeman identified only as Sergeant Magaji and his colleagues the sum they demanded for.
The deceased’s elder brother, Ikechukwu, told Saturday PUNCH that Agu insisted he did not have money to give, which led to an argument, adding that Magaji shot at his brother as he zoomed off.
“My brother operated within Bridge Head Wood Market. I learnt that on that day around 3:00pm, the sergeant and his colleagues stopped him and demanded N100 from him, but he refused to give them the money.
“As he made to leave the spot, Sergeant Magaji chased and shot at him. He was knocked down by an oncoming bus while he was running to avoid being hit by bullets.
“Other riders pursued Magaji. He ran inside the station and his colleagues shielded him. My brother was rushed to a hospital where he died.”
Ikechukwu, who said the sergeant was detained, lamented that he was shocked when he got to the station on Monday and was told that he had escaped from the custody.
He said, “The DPO told us that the policeman escaped when he was taken out to urinate. Our parents had died and he had been struggling all alone to further his education.
“My brother lived in Asaba and came to work at Onitsha every day. It’s N100 fare from his residence to his place of work. I want justice for him.”
However, the DPO, SP Godson Ubani, said Agu was a lout at a park close to the police station and was trying to flee on sighting from the policemen, who saw him smoking Indian hemp.
He said, “That story is unfounded. Uzor was the one concocting all those lies. The man (Agu) was seen near the park close to the police station smoking India hemp. On sighting policemen, he ran across the expressway without minding the bus, which crushed him. He was taken to the hospital, where he died. The driver is in our custody and the bus has been impounded. His name is Ozomara Kenneth.
“The two families have settled the matter but because of the outcry it generated, the matter will be charged to court.
“Sergeant Magaji and other policemen were coming out when the teenager saw them and started running. There was nothing like firing. The police picked the butt of the drug. The deceased was a lout, who helped in loading vehicle. He was not a tricycle rider. He was working for a hoodlum at the park.”