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Tragedy was prevented on Saturday at Aba Central Police Station, Aba, Abia State, when an Assistant Superintendent of Police, went wild and started firing sporadically in the air while also and assaulting wives of other policemen in the area.
Africa Daily News, New York gathered that the incident ensued at about 7 pm when the policeman, who was identified as Henry, started assaulting women, children, and shop owners near the station.
Eyewitnesses told Africa Daily News that the policeman fired several shots in the air, and battered people including wives of fellow police officers who own shops at the gate of the station.
One of the women who sell roasted chicken, yams, and plantains had all her goods thrown into the gutter by the policeman, who also destroyed her kiosk and beat her up. The situation caused serious pandemonium in the area, even as people who sustained injuries were taken to the Aba General Hospital, near the station.
While being led into the station, the ASP was said to have caused another scare when he grabbed an AK-47 rifle held by one of the Mobile Police officers who held him. It took the intervention of other mobile policemen who beat him hard on his arm before he left the gun as they bundled him into the police station right there in Abia State.
According to shop owners; ‘The policeman suddenly started shooting in the air, creating panic.
‘He scared fellow police officers with his pistol and ran after people and beat them up including wives of other policemen.
‘We feared for the worst when he stopped firing in the air and began aiming at people with his pistol.
‘It was only when he bent to fix his pistol that some Mobile Policemen dashed to the scene and disarmed him. So this is how we would have ended on earth? God, thank you.
‘Thank you Jesus for preserving my life. Nobody is safe anymore. If a policeman can do this kind of thing to me, what are we saying again?
‘What did we do to him? What is our offence? For escaping alive, I’ll serve God forever.’
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK