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Another Christmas Tragedy: DSS officer’s bullet misses his boss’ fleeing Christmas cow, kills domestic staff

Another Christmas Day tragedy has been recorded, this time at Alor in Idemili South Council Area of Anambra State as a middle-aged man was shot dead by a Department of State Service (DSS) officer.

The man, Onyeocha Umuokwu, a domestic staff, was allegedly hit by the bullet of the DSS officer attached to a VIP’s house in his bid to gun down a fleeing Christmas cow.

“Umuokwu was shot by a security man at Engineer Eze’s house on 25th December 2019, in Alor.

“The cow successfully untied itself and was on the run; a security man on duty had aimed to shoot the cow, but mistakenly shot and killed Onyeocha Umuokwu, so painful,” a source said.

Confirming the report, the State Police Command spokesman, DSP Haruna Mohammed, said: “The attention of the Anambra State Police Command has been drawn to a misleading report being circulated that one Onyeocha Umuokwu was allegedly shot by a police officer at Engineer Eze’s house on the 25/12/2019 in Alor Community, Idemili South LGA of Anambra State.

“The report probably orchestrated by mischief makers who want to portray the police in bad light is totally misleading.

“In order to clear ambiguity and to set the record straight, on the 25/12/2019 at the residence of one Engr Emeka Eze of Umuokwu village Alor, a DSS personnel whose identity is yet unknown attached to a VIP allegedly fired gunshot at a cow in a bid to stop it from escaping.

“But the bullet missed the target and allegedly hit one Nnaemaka Nnabuenyi (a domestic staff of the said Engineer) popularly known as Onyeocha and the victim died on the spot. The incident was not reported to police.’’

On the investigation carried out so far, DSP Mohammed said:“Following the incident, police detectives led by DPO Nnobi Division visited the scene but neither the Engineer nor the victim’s relatives are willing to provide any useful information that will aid police investigation.

“However, corpse was taken to the mortuary for autopsy and case is under investigation to ascertain circumstances surrounding the incident.”

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