A young man, Mr Onyeka Ibe, has been shot dead by a police officer in Asaba, the capital city of Delta State, over an alleged N400 bribe. The governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, has called for a thorough investigation into the circumstances that led to the killing and has urged residents to remain calm while the police conduct their investigation.


The incident occurred on Wednesday at about 9:30 a.m. on the Ugbolu-Illah Road, Oshimili North LGA, Delta State, during a stop-and-search operation. The police officer responsible for the shooting has been identified as Inspector Ebri Ubi, who has been promptly arrested and detained at the command headquarters in Asaba.


The commissioner of police, CP Ari Muhammed Ali, has expressed heartfelt condolences to the family of the deceased and has promised that the offending officer will be subjected to internal disciplinary measures, including criminal prosecution if found guilty. The police command has confirmed the killing and has assured the public that a thorough and speedy investigation will be carried out.


Governor Okowa has decried the shooting of Mr Ibe and has appealed to residents not to take the law into their own hands but to allow the police to conduct an in-depth probe into the incident. He has also advised citizens to go about their normal businesses and remain law-abiding while assuring them that justice will be served after a thorough investigation by the police.


The incident has raised concerns about police brutality and the need for better training and accountability for police officers in Nigeria. The governor’s call for calm and a thorough investigation is a positive step towards addressing these concerns and ensuring justice for the family of the deceased.


In conclusion, the tragic killing of Mr Onyeka Ibe by a trigger-happy police officer in Delta State is a sobering reminder of the need for police reform and accountability in Nigeria. While the investigation is ongoing, it is important for all citizens to remain calm and law-abiding while calling for justice to be served. The memory of Mr Ibe should be honored by ensuring that this incident leads to positive change in the Nigerian police force.