By Nsa Gill
A 32 years old lady, Victoria Ekpe of Ikot Ansa community in Calabar, Cross River State had her life cut short abruptly by a drunken Policeman whose name was given as Sargent Edu Nkanu, a neighbor in their compound at N0.11 Joseph Mkpang Street.
The incident occurred in her compound Sunday night at about 9pm when the accused Policeman, now a suspect in custody of the State Police Command, allegedly returned home drunk.
Eyewitness, Elizabeth Bassey who survived the bullet of the trigger-happy Policeman, narrated the incident saying “On Sunday evening myself and my late cousin went out and came back by 8:30 pm, she remained by passage pressing her phone while I went in to change up.
“By the time I came out she was still on her phone and she asked me what was going on inside the room and I told her nothing. At that particular time, Nkanu came back from an outing and we heard our mummy who was outside, asked him what he brought from his outing, he told her he did not come home with anything.
“He left our mother and came to the passage where we were standing, I asked him why he always gets drunk anytime he goes out, immediately, he turned and brought out a pistol from his pocket cocked it and pointed it at me saying, ‘this is what I brought from the party. I got scared and ran inside the house”
“My late sister was still busy with her phone on the passage not paying attention to our direction, Nkanu then turned the gun to her direction and shot her by her neck”. She said.
Another witness and elder Sister to late Victoria, Ekanem Ekpe, said her sister was killed in front of her 6 years old daughter by name Blessing who drew attention of all to the death of her mother with her screaming.
Ekanem, with tears, narrated further that she was inside when she heard the gun shot “but I did not come out immediately until when I heard the daughter screaming, ‘uncle you have killed my mummy’ that was when I came out, behold my sister was lying down dead, blood was gushing out from the side of her neck.
“I saw him with a gun and I said, ‘Nkanu, what happened, you have killed my sister, he was just staring at the gun and at my sister, all what he could say was, ‘Mma Nurse, I don’t know what happened ‘. That was when I held him and started shouting before people came gathered and managed to collect the gun from him.
“I don’t understand why a Police Officer would rather take people’s life instead of saving lives. We were told at the Police station that he had killed someone like this before when he was serving in Obubra. He has a criminal file in Police custody before now. Please we want justice for my sister.” She lamented.
When contacted, the Police Public Relation Officer, Irene Ugbo, confirmed the incident and promised that the culprit would be dismissed and tried in the court of law.
According to Ugbo,”The Policeman has been arrested, he is in our custody and we are going to deal with him decisively because the gun that he used to shot the decease is not our gun. It is a locally made pistol so he is going to tell us where he got that gun from and who order him to shot an innocent woman.
“There was no quarrel between them as we were told. Although we heard that he was used to threatening those people in the house but that particular day, he released the bullet. We are going to try him for murder, dismiss him and send him to court.” She said.
On the allegation that he had killed a person before, she said, “I don’t know about that but that was what I also heard, investigation will prove if it is true.”
It would be recalled that barely two weeks ago in Abuja, a female Youth Corp member equally met an untimely death following a gun shot from a Policeman.
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