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Police dismiss, arraign officer for killing youth corper

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Jude Johnson

The Nigerian Police Force (NPF) has dismissed Inspector Benjamin Peters, who killed a female member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Ms. Angela Igwetu, in Abuja on Wednesday.

The Commissioner of Police for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Sadiq Bello, while briefing journalists in Abuja on Friday, said the officer has been arraigned him in court over the incident.

Bello said that Inspector Peters is “on remand awaiting commencement of trial”, adding that he should not have shot at the car despite his claim that the deceased was shouting for help was not sufficient ground to fire his weapon.

According to the Commissioner, the two male witnesses in the car with the deceased told detectives that they were coming from a joint and that Igwetu stood up and brought out her head through the sun roof while having fun, adding that she was not in any danger.

“Police have taken necessary measures; the policeman that opened fire has been arrested, necessary disciplinary procedures have been concluded.

“He has been dismissed from the Force and arraigned before a court of competent jurisdiction and he is currently on remand awaiting commencement of trial,” he said.

Speaking further, Bello appealed to residents for calm while assuring the family of the deceased that justice will be done in the matter.

He stressed that “the Nigeria Police did not condone acts of irresponsibility or outright criminality from its officers and men”, who must “be civil and professional in the discharge of their duties.

“Furthermore, I wish to reassure residents of FCT that they should go about their lawful businesses without fear of molestation or harassment, their peace and security is guaranteed at all times.”

On the seven policemen that were killed in Abuja on Monday, Bello disclosed that the FCT Minister had approved some money for the burial of the deceased cops.

He also called on the public to furnish the police with information that could assist the force in addressing the security challenges in the FCT.

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