Police in Ebonyi State have shot dead a 25-year-old fruit seller identified as Elizabeth Agwu.
The incident took place on Wednesday, September 8, in Onicha Local Government Area of the state.
It was gathered that the policemen had left their station to harass some residents in Onicha-Igboeze Community when the innocent fruit seller was undeservedly killed.
The victim is believed to be the younger sister of Chijioke Agwu, a journalist with The Sun Newspaper in Ebonyi State.
Elizabeth was having a conversation with one of her customers when the police bullet hit her. She reportedly died whilst she was being rushed to a hospital in Abakaliki, the state capital.
Reacting, Chijioke, Elizabeth’s elder brother said: “Policemen came to my village, Enuagu, Onicha Igboeze, in Onicha LGA today (Wednesday) to harass some residents. In the melee, they shot and killed my younger sister, who was selling fruits at the junction.”
Loveth Odah, Police Public Relations Officer in the state, claimed the matter will be investigated and that the culprits will be brought to justice.
Despite Loveth’s bold claims which appear colourful on paper, it is left to be seen if the police will be willing to investigate this case or if it will be crumpled into the waste basket like several others.
The latest extrajudicial execution of an innocent person adds to the long list of police brutality in Nigeria, which was the major reason for the eruption of #EndSARS protests of October 2020.