There was pandemonium in Ganaja village, Ajaokuta local government area of Kogi state when a serving member of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) killed a middle-aged livestock seller.


The SARS official was also said to have knocked down a little girl hawking with his motorcycle before killing the deceased identified as Ibrahim Ali.

The development led to the commotion around the area as youths mobilised to protest the killing.

Trouble was said to have started when the police officer knocked the girl and the people around the scene compelled him to take her to the hospital for treatment.

The SARS operative was said to have refused and instead called his colleagues on phone to come to his rescue as the mob was increasing and a serious argument ensued.

An eyewitness said immediately his colleagues arrived in a Toyota Hilux van, the killer policeman went into the vehicle, brought out an AK 47 rifle and started shooting following which the bullets hit Ali who was among the crowd.

Upon discovery that he had killed someone, the policeman was said to have continued shooting to enable him and his colleagues escape from the scene of the incident.

The irate youth however mobilised and took the body of the deceased to the police headquarters in Lokoja, chanting various songs and insisting that the police authorities produce the killer SARS officer.

It, however, took the intervention of the special adviser to the state governor on security matters, Jerry Omodara, who rushed to the police headquarters to address the mob before fray nerves could be calmed.

Omodara lamented the death and assured the protesters that justice will be done.

Meanwhile, the widow of the deceased, Talata has said that the policeman killed her innocent husband and breadwinner for no reason.

The mother of seven demanded justice as she asked the relative authorities to ensure that the killer of her husband is brought to book.

In the same vein, a former speaker of the Kogi state house of assembly, Ahmed Umar, asked the state assembly to send a strongly worded resolution to the police to bring the killer policeman to justice.

Raising the issue under the motion of urgent public importance during the sitting of the assembly, Umar, who is representing Lokoja state constituency, urged the state government to assist the family of the deceased.

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