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In Enugu, Police fatally shoot, dump auto mechanic’s body in stream


The body of an auto mechanic apprentice, Okey Chinweike, who was allegedly shot dead by some policemen in Enugu, has been  found  in a stream at Onuato in
Ogui Nike, Enugu North Local Government Area of the state.

The 27-year-old Chinweike, who hailed from Ikwo in Ebonyi State, who had just returned the burial of his only brother, had gone to a football viewing centre some few metres away from the shop on presidential road to watch a match after the close of work and thereafter he met his untimely death.


`The deceased was already going home when policemen from the Ogui Police Station came to raid the area and started shooting indiscriminately.


“There was commotion and people were running in different directions. However, the innocent man, who didn’t know the roads very well, because he was not living in the neighbourhood, joined the people running and he was shot by one of the policemen.


“It was after the raid that Chinweike was declared missing. But on Thursday morning, some scavengers saw a floating body in the stream and ran to the neighbourhood
to inform the residents.


“Immediately, the incident was reported at the Ogui Police Division by the local vigilante group. Some policemen came and after seeing the floating body, they left
and never came back. The body was discovered around 10am but it was around 5pm that his co-apprentice brought it out from the stream after the only surviving
sister came and identified him,” a source said.


One of the deceased’s colleagues, who gave his name as Emeka Ezeh, said, “When we brought out his body from the stream, there was blood clot in his nose and head.
There was equally a hole in his head, suggesting that he was shot in the head.”


Contacted, the spokesman for the State Police Command, ASP Ebere Amaraizu,said he had yet to receive information about the incident, but vowed that whoever
killed Chinweike would be fished out.


“When the police send you on an assignment and if you go outside what you were asked to do, you will face the consequences.’

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