The commanding officer in charge of Mopol 10 PMF, Bauchi, SP Chris L Eza, was on Thursday [Feb. 26] night shot and killed by a police corporal in Bauchi.
According to a statement made available to journalists in Bauchi Friday by the Bauchi State police command's Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Haruna Mohammed, SP Eza, was shot by the corporal at about 11:20pm while on routine visit to a stop and search point on the Ahmadu Bello way in Bauchi metropolis.
"On the 26/2/2015 at about 23:20hrs, the commanding officer Mopol 10 PMF Bauchi, SP Chris L Eza, was shot by a police corporal while on routine visit at the stop and search point along Ahmadu Bello way, Bauchi," the police image maker, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), said.
According to him, SP Eza was rushed to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH) in Bauchi, where he was certified dead by a doctor, adding that his corpse had been deposited at the mortuary of the hospital for post-mortem examination.
The police spokesman added that the state Commissioner of Police, Mohammed K Mohammed, with his management team had visited the scene of the incident and ordered a full scale investigation into the matter.
Meanwhile, the PPRO said that the suspect had since been arrested and detained.
A security source, however, told THISDAY that the deceased mobile police officer ordered the corporal to surrender his rifle over to him, but that the junior officer refused. The source added that the corporal based his refusal on the fact that surrendering his official rifle to the commanding officer was against service rule.
It was learnt that the deceased had left the scene but later returned to make same demand of the corporal, who insisted that he was going to shoot anyone who moved near him. A threat he eventually carried out when the deceased was said to have moved near him. The source further said that the corporal on shooting SP Eza, reported himself at the station and surrendered himself for detention.