A detachment of armed policemen on Sunday invaded the home of a member of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Aniekan Bassey, and shot his cousin, Akan Bassey.
Mr. Bassey, who represents Uruan State Constituency in the assembly, told PREMIUM TIMES the policemen who shot his cousin came in two patrol vans at about noon that day.
According to him, the police arrived at his village, Ekim Enen, in Southern Uruan Ward 2, and surrounded his country home.
While ransacking the house, he said his cousin, Akan, came out of the bathroom and queried the police action before he was shot on the chest.
“A week ago, gunmen invaded Ishiet Beach Market which is part of my ward and killed one person and injured many others. One more victim died on Friday,” Mr. Bassey said.
“I decided to visit the families of the deceased on Sunday. But by 1pm, somebody called to say that my cousin who was in our family house was shot by policemen.
“When I got to the village, I was told that policemen came in two patrol vans and parked opposite my house before coming into the compound.
“My cousin came out of the bathroom with a towel on his waist and asked them what they were looking for.
“They said they were looking for somebody. But when the boy was about leaving, the police threatened to shot him. As he turned, they shot him by the chest and one of them said ‘this is not the person they asked us to shot. We have made a mistake.”
After the shooting, the police were said to have escaped to the divisional police station in the area.
But the youth of the community mobilised, marched to the station and vandalized the two vehicles used for the ill-fated operation.
Already, the lawmaker said two policemen have been arrested in connection with the shooting.
He also confirmed that the victim of the attack has been stabilised and was receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital in the state.
Attempts to speak with the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, in the state, Cordelia Nwawe, were unsuccessful as calls to her telephone could not connect.
But local journalists report that Mrs. Nwawe confirmed the arrest of the policemen who shot the lawmaker’s cousin.
She is also quoted to have said that the state Police Commissioner, Murtala Mani, had ordered an immediate investigation into the matter.
Mrs. Nwawe also reportedly confirmed that the victim was responding to treatment, assuring that the police were on top of the situation.