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Shocking! Police corporal kills pregnant woman at funeral ceremony; blames ‘accidental discharge’


Edo State CP, Mr. Samuel Adegbuyi
Edo State CP, Mr. Samuel Adegbuyi

AKHERE Godwin, Benin

Police in Edo State have detained ‎a corporal on guard duty with a traditional ruler (names withheld) for allegedly shooting to death two women, including a pregnant woman at Fugar, the administrative headquarters of Etsako Central Local Government Area of the state.

The shocking incident occurred when the corporal guarding the traditional ruler in a bid to fire warning shots into the air as the monarch was said to be leaving the venue of the funeral, accidentally shot into the crowd killing the pregnant woman and another.

The incident which occurred during the burial of the late Chief Etu, a retired village headmaster, caused pandemonium, as angry youths attempted to lynch the officers but for the intervention of the chairman of the council, Mr Emmanuel Momoh who calmed them down.‎

State Police Commissioner CP Samuel Adegbuyi who described the incident as shocking and attributed it to accidental discharge disclosed that the officer, Chris Aliu has been arrested while investigation is ongoing.

The pensive CP who hinted that he had earlier warned police officers in the state against unprofessional attitudes assured that the matter will be dealt with accordingly.

Our sources say that the officer’s action, besides killing the pregnant woman, identified as Mrs Sandra imakhu, also killed another woman, Aishietu Aliyu,who was standing nearby.

Sandra who was said to be carrying a two month old baby on her back came to the ceremony along with Aishitu Aliyu, who came from a neighbouring village to assist a friend to bury the late father, before their sudden mishap.

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