Angry mob kills Nigerian policeman for allegedly causing death of woman, two children

FILE PHOTO: Nigeria Police Officers
FILE PHOTO: Nigeria Police Officers

A mob on Thursday attacked and killed a policeman over the death of a woman and two children on Owerri Road, Onitsha, Anambra.

Witnesses said that the incident occurred at 3.30p.m. when the police officer attempted to forcibly stop an articulated vehicle loaded with sand along the road.

According to the witnesses, the driver lost control causing the fatal accident.

“A tipper driver who was carrying sharp sand tried to meander his way past the policemen at the checkpoint but in the attempt to escape ran into the woman and children.

“I wouldn’t know exactly why the tipper driver was stopped but immediately the accident happened, the policemen around the area made effort to leave the scene but were attacked by the mob,” a witness said.

The witness said that the victims were standing by the roadside to board a vehicle to their destination when they met their untimely death.

Another witness said that the mob spontaneously chased the policemen and beat up two of them, while the others escaped with their guns.

The news Agency of Nigeria learnt that the factory along the road, where the policemen were on special duty, was set ablaze by the mob.

The incident later forced police from Okpoko Police Station in Onitsha to carry out a mass arrest of persons along the busy road.

Reacting, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Nkeiru Nwode, expressed dismay over the development, saying the youths should have reported the matter to the police.

“It was just an accident. Three people died on the spot and their remains have been deposited in the mortuary.

“The scene of the accident has also been barricaded and the police are in control of the situation,” she said.

Ms. Nwode said the police were against unlawful assembly and would not relent in efforts to maintain peace and order in the state.



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  • Abdullah Musa

    That’s who we are, may always remain: senseless MOB!

  • Rommel

    Why did the police personal who caused the accident attempt to flee the scene if it was a legal interception? this hurts me badly and my heart mourns with families of victims (not the lynched police) may their poor souls find peace.

  • Netanyahu

    Wish they lynched all the policemen that caused the accident of the poor woman and her kids. Bastards who bribe to be posted to the east to come and extort money. one nigeria my ass.

  • TOK

    It is their trade mark, cause wahala and flee! However, jungle justice should be condemned in its entirety.

    • sola

      You are’s in their blood to exhort money ..and when it comes to discharging their duty, they fail woefully..

  • George

    Burning the factory was very good one and killing just one of the animals is an error I don’t like at all.

    The dead police officer is in hell fire already it served the police men well. Very wicked soulless Mallams they brought from the North to terrorize the South they will be killed one by one.

  • born Great

    Anambra state has the most stark illiterate policemen in Africa. They see every opportunity to extort money from the people. Accident happened, warehouse was burnt, they went about arresting people to pay for, I no follow or I follow.