The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) operative, who allegedly killed a commercial bus driver in Aba, Abia State over COVID-19 lockdown, has been arrested and handed over to the police for investigation and prosecution.
The Commandant General of NSCDC, Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu revealed this in a statement on Wednesday night, adding that he had ordered a thorough investigation into the killing.
NSCDC statement signed and released by Ekunola Gbenga, the media assistant to the commandant general read:
“The victim whose identity has yet to be known was said to have been shot by officer of the corps while enforcing lockdown order in the state on Wednesday.
“The slain driver was said to have approached the checkpoint without stopping and that in his bid to pass the checkpoint in a haste, he brushed an NSCDC personnel, where they were enforcing the lockdown order by the government before the incident occurred.
“The Commandant General has ordered a probe into the incident and given assurance that if after investigation the officer involved was found culpable, he would be made to face the full wrath of the law.
“Gana totally regretted the unfortunate incident and condemned it in its entirety and commiserated with the family of the slain driver. He assured Nigerians that the Corps would continue to live above board.
“We want to say that the action of this erring officer does not represent what the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps stands for.
“The CG had directed the ACG in charge of zone E, and the Commandant of Abia State Command to carry out a full-scale investigation into the incident and ensure that the suspect was prosecuted to serve as a deterrent to others.”
With the killing of the bus driver, security operatives have now killed about 20 Nigerians over lockdown due to COVID-19.
On Wednesday also, one person was reportedly shot dead in Sapele Delta, during a women protest over COVID-19.
Earlier on Wednesday, Nigeria Human Rights Commission’s report had claimed that 18 Nigerians had been killed by security agencies in a bid to enforce the lockdown order by governments.
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