Policeman shoots colleague dead, mistook him for robber


Policeman shoots colleague dead, mistook him for robber

The Police Command in Enugu State has disclosed that it has launched investigations into an alleged shooting to death of a policeman by his colleague who mistook him for an armed robber because he was in mufti in Enugu.

The unfortunate episode reportedly plays out at the Independence Layout axis of the city on Saturday night during a downpour.

This was made known by the Command’s spokesman, Superintendent of Police Ebere Amaraizu, who said in Enugu that, “It is one of the operational hazards of the job. It was a mistake.

“The main Police patrol team in that axis of the city was on a patrol duty and it responded to a distress call and mistook the arm-bearing plain-clothed policeman for an armed robber.

“Also, the unfortunate incident happened due to the hour of the night as well as the downpour, which could not allow the patrol team to clearly identify the plain-clothed policeman before the gun was shot,’’ he said.

Amaraizu said that when the incident happened, the police personnel quickly took the injured policeman to a nearby hospital but he died after some hours.