Tension in Anambra state as angry mob sets police station ablaze over accused killing of a motorcyclist

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Police station in Igboukwu, the Aguata local government area of Anambra state,. has been set ablaze by an angry mob after policemen allegedly killed a commercial motorcyclist. 

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The Punch, citing a witness, reported that the police station was set on fire by an angry mob including motorcycle operators around 8 am on Wednesday, December 16.

The source said they the attack was carried out after some policemen on duty in the area killed a commercial motorcyclist on Tuesday night December 15, over ”extortion.”

He said, “As I’m talking to you the place is in flames. The mob, made up of commercial motorcycle operators, are moving to Ekwulobia police station now to also set the station there ablaze.”

Confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Haruna Mohammed, on Wednesday said the Commissioner of Police in the state, John Abang, had ordered the arrest of the officer who killed the commercial motorcyclist while appealing for calm.

He said,” On Tuesday about 10.30pm, there was an altercation between police operatives and motorcycle riders over some impounded motorcycles as a result of the recent restriction on movement of motorcycles beyond 9 pm in the State.

“The situation degenerated into chaos which led to an accidental discharge that hit one motorcycle rider and burning of the Igboukwu police station by irate youth.

“The Commissioner of Police, John Abang, is deeply saddened by the unfortunate incident and has ordered the detention of the policemen involved and full-scale investigation into the matter.

“The CP further appealed for calm and assures the public that justice would be done in the case and the outcome of police investigation shall be made public in due course.”

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