Police officer kills final year student for refusing to give N100 bribe

Imo Ekanem, a final year student of the Department of Mass Communication, Uyo city Polytechnic has been reportedly shot dead by a police officer, for refusing to give N100 bribe.

It was disclosed that Imo Ekanem was shot dead by the policeman at his hometown, Nkek, in Ukanafun Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State on Saturday, 9th September, 2017 while he was sent an errand using his mother’s motorcycle.

An eyewitness disclosed on Monday that Ekanem was killed by one of the policemen attached to the special squad of the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Zubairu Muazu, who are on special task to confront recurrent cult activities in the area.

Simeon said the policemen stopped and searched Ekanem, but they did not find anything incriminating with him. He added that the policemen demanded N100 from him, but his refusal to give them the money made one of the police officers shot and killed him.

Simeon said, “He was shot dead after a heated argument with one of the policemen attached to the special squad sent by the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Zubairu Muazu, to fight recurrent cult activities in
our LGA.

“Because the activities of the cultists are always carried out with the use of motorbikes, the police have been conducting stop-and-search operations. So, they just stopped him and subjected him to a search, but nothing was found on him.

“We were surprised that the police demanded for N100 bribe. His refusal to part with the money infuriated one of the policemen, who cocked his gun and shot him at close range.”

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Chukwu Ikechukwu, who confirmed the incident to our correspondent, denied that Ekanem was killed by his refusal to give the police N100 bribe.

Ikechukwu said what he first heard was that the deceased was trying to collect the rifle from the policeman, who shot and killed him in self-defence.

“The matter was not about N100 issue, though the police is still investigating the case.

“After our meeting today (Monday), the CP has directed the Area Commander, Ikot Ekpene, to transfer the matter to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Ikot Akpanabia, for thorough investigation,”
he said.

He said everything necessary would be done to ensure that justice is properly served.