Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Outrage as soldier shoots judiciary worker in Akwa Ibom

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There was outrage on Wednesday in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital following the shooting of a judiciary staff, Godwin Udoka by a soldier over minor argument bothering on the right of way.

It was gathered, Udoka, who was driving the judiciary bus ran into a Hilux van belonging to Wizchino Engineering (WE) Limited with registration number, ABC222AY.

“Argument over right of way ensued in the process and the soldier came down when the judiciary driver could not budge, cocked his AK 47 and shot at the driver”, Effiong Akpan, an eye witness told our correspondent.

The shooting, which occurred at about 1:00 pm around the Udo Asutan and Eka Streets intersection, heavily shattered the front windscreen of the bus and the passenger door.

Patches of blood could be seen on the ground, while sympathisers rushed the victim to the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital (UUTH), where he is currently receiving medical attention at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital.

According to eye witnesses, the sound of gunshots sparked pandemonium, sending passersby scampering for cover in nearby buildings and sheds.

The Chairman of the State branch of Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), Mr. Mbebe Albert, who confirmed the incident, frowned at the action of the soldier, describing as unprofessional.

Albert said: “It is an act of irresponsibility and gross abuse of position for a soldier to use the same weapon issued for him to protect the citizenry to turn it against the same people he is paid to protect.”

He lamented over the collapse of the rule of law and lack of respect for human persons by security operatives, vowing that the Judiciary would go the extra mile to secure justice on the matter.

He identified the soldier as one of the security operatives guarding the expatriates working for WE engineering firm hired by the state government to fix the Etinan-Onna dual carriageway.

According to the victim’s son, Itoro, he said: “my father has lost a lot of blood; he could barely speak because the bullets pierce through his nostrils and part of his eyes.”

He called on the State government and security agencies to work towards taming the over-zealousness of men in uniforms, saying: “if allowed unpunished, others would also behave the same way.”

(The Nation)

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