Angry Youths Lynch Cop
Following alleged widespread illegal arrests by policemen serving in Anambra State Police Command, angry youths from Ogbunike community in Oyi Local Government Area of the state attacked five policemen from Oyi Police Division, killing one of them while the other four escaped on May Day.
According to online news portal, 247ureports, the five policemen led by an inspector went to Ogbunike community to arrest a youth said to be having a misunderstanding with a colleague.
When the policemen in plain clothes and armed with AK47 rifles arrived the community, according to eyewitness account, the youths resisted their attempt to arrest the youth they came for on the ground that the misunderstanding had been resolved.
But the policemen insisted that they were sent by the Divisional Police Officer, DSP Ade, to arrest and take their suspect to the police division.
It was gathered that when one of the youths made call across to the police division and discovered that the policemen never booked their movement to Ogbunike community, the youths descended on the cops.
As the youths kept mobilizing, four out of the five policemen were able to escape, while a police corporal simply identified as Timaya, serving in the Oyi Police Division was allegedly lynched on the spot at Oye Olisa market.
A source further disclosed that Timaya and his team arrived the market at about 9 a.m. Thursday before the hostilities began..
'Timaya came to Oye Olisa with other four men who were also policemen, they went to arrest somebody but it was like the youths resisted the arrest on the ground that they had come for an illegal duty and demanded why they came for an arrest in Ogbunike which is a stone's throw to Ogidi Police Station. There was disagreement and the mob rose against them. Others escaped but Timaya could not escape and he was lynched,' the source said.
It was gathered that the body of Timaya was left beside the major road before the arrival of policemen from Ogidi Police Station. They took away his body and deposited it at a nearby mortuary. The youths allegedly made away with some of the AK47 rifles brought by the policemen who escaped and left the guns behind.
Though police swiftly denied that the victim went to effect arrest in the market, eyewitnesses disclosed that the incident was not unconnected with the disenchantment by the youths that policemen from far away Oyi Police Division allegedly sent by DPO Ade invaded their community to arrest somebody in another police division.
When contacted, the Onitsha Area Commander, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr. Benjamin Wourd said he had not been briefed by the DPO in charge of the division where the deceased was serving.