By Augustine Ehikioya
For his implication in the shooting incident at Golf Estate in Enugu, Enugu State, the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in-charge of Zone 13, AIG Muri Umar Musa, has approved the recommended punishment of dismissal of Inspector Edem Ebong from the Nigeria Police Force.
The approval also covered the recommendation for the Inspector to be prosecuted for the offence of murder of five persons and injury of four others.
Before the incident, Inspector Edem Ebong was attached to the Special Protection Unit (SPU) Base 9 Umuahia.
A statement issued on Friday by the Police Public Relations Officer, Enugu State Command, State Headquarters, Enugu, ASP Daniel Ndukwe, and made available to Security Watch Africa (SWA), said the Commissioner of Police has vowed to deal decisively with erring Police Officer.
It reads: “The approval is sequel to the Command’s conclusion of disciplinary trial and thorough investigation launched into the case of alleged shooting and killing of five persons, as well as the injury of four others for no justifiable reasons, by the Police Inspector, at Golf Estate Enugu on 20/06/2021.
“To this end, the Commissioner of Police, CP Abubakar Lawal, fdc, while appreciating the general public, particularly residents of the State, for the level of patience and understanding shown while the disciplinary trial and investigation into the case lasted, has reiterated commitment to always deal decisively with Police Officers of the Command, found culpable in disciplinary offences against extant codes of conduct, rules of engagement and standard operating procedures of the Nigeria Police Force, especially as it concerns respect for fundamental human rights of citizens.
“He therefore calls on residents of the State to remain law-abiding and promptly report erring Police Officers to the nearest Police Station; or by calling the Command’s hotlines on: 08032003702, 08086671202, 08075390883 or 08098880172.
“Or alternatively send e-mails to email@example.com,” it added.
According to the statement, he also assured that such reports shall be accorded the necessary confidentiality and action.