Tragedy struck in Okohia community in the Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State on Thursday, when a police Sergeant, Wilson Ufere went berserk by killing a 17-year-old boy, Obinna Iwuoha while three others went in coma, owing to the injuries they sustained from the bullets he fired at them.
The tragedy occurred at “Ukwu Omiri lawyer” at the Anara – Umuahia expressway at 5:30 pm.
Eyewitnesses said that the horror happened when youths, mainly teenagers who were in a rally for their church crusade which was billed to start on March 25 (today) had a flat tyre, at “Ukwu Omiri lawyer”, a metre away from where some police men were on a road duty.
The sources disclosed that one of the police officers insisted that the youths must remove their vehicle from the place, but the youths of Emmanuel Healing Power Ministry Incorporated, Uguiri, told the cop they were unable to move a vehicle with a flat tyre.
The sources said that an altercation ensued between one of the police men and the driver, resulting in the police officer allegedly slapping him consistently for three times.
Ufere, who was on the other side of the road and was not a party to the argument, emerged from nowhere, shot at the youths at a close range, killing one of them while three others lost consciousness, one of the eyewitnesses said.
The youth leader of Okohia community, where the incident occurred, Ndubuisu Onwuchuruba, said that he was called to the scene where he mobilised other youths to take the survivors to hospital, after other hospitals refused to administer treatment on them, insisting that they must get police extract.
The survivors, Chukwuebuka Donatus and Tochukwu Uzoukwu who spoke to our correspondent on Saturday from their hospital beds, said that the Sergeant shot at them directly at a close range.
The divisional police officer, who was simply identified as Magnus told our correspondent that the three police men had been arrested.
The police spokesperson in the state, Andrew Enwerem, confirmed the killing and said the trigger-happy Sergeant was cooling off his heels in their custody in Owerri.